Day 10 – Yep, it’s a thing and today is the day we celebrate! It’s the day to think about ways to reduce our use of energy and in turn cut costs. Hopefully, if you take a little time today to make some changes, those changes will become habits that you continue to do on a daily basis.
Here are some ways you can commemorate the day:
- Turn down your thermostat (even a couple degrees can make a huge difference)
- Use more blankets
- Turn off unused lights (this one is a big one in our house)
- Only run dishwasher and washing machine when full
- Reduce the heat on the dishwasher (120 degrees is plenty hot)
- Use cold water for laundry
- Empty the dryer lint trap
- Use dryer balls (I’ll talk more about these in a future post)
- Lower water heater temperature (most are set at 140 degrees, 120 degrees is suggested, so maybe something in between)
- Take shorter showers (this is a challenging one for me and most in the house)
- Unplug unused appliances (even phone chargers can be energy vampires)
- Use power strips to turn off electronics when not in use
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth (I’m doing better with this one)
- Fix leaky faucets
- Keep refrigerator coils clean (not sure the last time this was done, if at all)
- Keeping the sun out during the summer cuts cooling costs
- Only put cool food in the refrigerator, it takes more energy to cool warm food
- Regulate refrigerator temperature (ideal temperature is between 37 and 40 degrees)
- Stop preheating your oven (food with lengthy cook times do not need a preheated oven)
- Try to use less energy during peak hours (ComEd – Off-peak (10 p.m. – 6 a.m.) Peak (6 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.) Super Peak (2 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
ComEd offers tips, discounts and rebates. Click HERE, to check them out. If you’re not a ComEd customer look for ways your energy supplier can help you.
Happy National Cut Your Energy Costs Day!
Tomorrow, I’ll talk about how three simple words made me rethink how I go about purchasing items for my home.