How to Celebrate National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

Posted on 01/10/2012

It may not get as much press as Thanksgiving or Christmas, but National Cut Your Energy Costs day is a holiday that we should all be celebrating. It falls on January 10 and was created as a way to encourage us all to reduce our carbon footprint. The more serious you are about celebrating, the more money and energy you can save.

Receive Professional Winterization Your home may seem nice and snug, but you could be losing heat and money without knowing it. Get professional help winterizing your home. Every state offers a Weatherization Assistance Program to help low-income families permanently reduce their energy bills. Find out if you qualify.

Swap Light Bulbs
Does the thought of throwing away perfectly good light bulbs seem silly? Well according to Alliant Energy, simply swapping out your five most-used light fixtures with compact fluorescent light bulbs can save you about $65 a year.

Turn Down the Heat
You’ll be reducing your energy costs significantly if you simply turn down your heat during the day. Programming your thermostat to lower by 10 degrees for eight hours a day will keep $84 in your pocket each season you use your heater.

Get Rewarded for Replacements
Not only will you benefit financially from having your old water heater or furnace replaced with a more energy efficient model, but your utility company may offer residential rewards. For instance, in Wisconsin installing a tankless water heater makes you eligible for $100 in rewards.

Unplug What You’re Not Using
Even if you’re not using that toaster, DVD player or battery charger you could still be paying for it. That’s because even items you aren’t using can still require energy if they’re plugged in. Put a stop to these energy vampires and you could save money painlessly.

By Alison Storm

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