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Blog Dec 31, 2014

2015 New Year’s Resolutions: 7 Energy Savings Tips That Really Work

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Some energy savings tips work, while others are myths. Learn ones you can put to use right now in this post from Payless Power.

Hands down, almost every New Year’s Resolution slips the mind of the average person by mid-January. Maybe that’s because it’s easier to make them when everyone else does…while few only intend to actually keep them!

You can only make change if you commit to taking action toward it a little bit each day.

By the end of the year, you can save a few hundred dollars if you put all your energy savings tactics to work!

Speaking of which, here are some easy ones you could implement in your life right now:

 1. Set Your Water Heater to 120°

Of all the appliances you own, your water heater consumes the most energy. Set its temperature to this setting to keep your energy expenses down.

Easy one to keep, right? You only have to do it once and then you can forget about it.

2. Only Wash Your Laundry in Cool Water

Capitalizing on that first tip…don’t use hot water to do your laundry unless you really have to. That way, your water heater never needs to kick in.

3. Get a Home Energy Audit

Some cities, and some HVAC contractors, do these for free. It’s hard to improve, unless you know where you’re at, and where you want to get to in the future, right?

4. Check Your Attic’s Insulation</bh4

In Texas, poor or old insulation is one of the state’s biggest causes of energy inefficiency. You should have yours inspected every few years or so. And generally, adding about 7 inches in your attic noticeably helps your energy savings.

5. Install Blackout Window Shades and Blinds

And to make sure you get maximum energy savings, use lighter colors that absorb less sunlight. These shades and blinds can block out up to 99% of the sun’s light. And if you buy online, you can get them at a relatively affordable cost.

6. Install Low-Flow Devices

You can get these for anything in your home that uses water – toilets, sink faucets, showerheads, and bathtub spouts. Once you have a low-flow device on all of them, watch the savings rise!

7. Use Ceiling Fans in Occupied Rooms Only

Just running them may or may not cool your home. Think of it this way: fans are designed to cool people, not furniture.

Only turn them on when you’re present in the room.

Make some or all of those tips part of your New Year’s resolutions, and let the savings roll in!

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