As January rapidly approaches, many Americans are starting to set resolutions for the new year. Although scientists say that New Year’s resolutions like diets and workout plans are doomed from the start, energy saving resolutions are simple and can definitely be successful. Here are four energy-related New Year’s resolutions to adopt in 2018.
Replace old light bulbs with more energy efficient models
Upgrading your light bulbs is a quick, cheap and easy way to save on energy costs. In fact, LED light bulb models use 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, according to the US Department of Energy. Although replacing light bulbs is cheaper than replacing big ticket items, like refrigerators or washing machines, swapping all the bulbs at once can start to get expensive. Use the following list to methodically replace old bulbs room by room throughout the year:
- January: bedrooms
- February: bathrooms
- March: kitchen and dining room
- April: living room and den
- May: laundry room and foyer
- June: porch and outdoor areas
- July: garage and attic
- August: office
- September: lamps
- October: closets
- November: holiday lights
- December: whatever is left
Invest in smart devices and use them to optimize your energy-efficiency
Technology has rapidly changed in the past five years making smart home technology more accessible to the general public. With home automation and smart devices getting better every day, devices like thermostats, electric plugs and smartphones can help you manage your electricity usage and adjust to save money. Most new products come with smartphone applications that allow you to control your lights and other devices, even if you’re not home. These tools are a great way to overcome forgetful family members who tend to leave the lights on. However, these devices can cost a pretty penny, so be sure to weigh the cost and benefits before splurging on smart home products. Below are some gadgets and applications that can help you monitor the amount of energy your home is using.
- Nest Thermostats
- Belkin’s WeMo® Insight Smart Plug
- Belkin’s WeMo® WiFi Smart Dimmer
- Belkin’s WeMo® LED Lighting Starter Set
Stay on top of your bill
Too often, energy costs sneak up on customers, making it difficult to make adjustments before it’s too late. That’s why Payless Power sends daily updates to customers letting them know how much energy they’ve used. However, it is important to remember that the daily updates run two days behind, so the amount of money in your account does not reflect up-to-the-minute energy use. For example, your daily usage text on Wednesday morning tells you how much money you have in your account after all the energy you used on Monday (read more about our daily updates in our FAQ section here). By understanding your daily usage texts and managing your bill, you can adjust as needed to avoid a negative balance. Avoiding a negative balance and managing your bill can also help you avoid fees associated with reconnection.
Finally, for a chance to earn $100 toward your bill, check out the Payless Power Facebook page every week to enter the trivia contest. Each week, we ask users to answer a question from our weekly blog to be entered to win the $100 credit. One winner is chosen at random each week from all of the correct responses. Even if you’ve entered in the past and haven’t won, don’t get discouraged. Just a little bit of effort can have a huge payoff.
Take time to recharge your own batteries
When the holidays are over and life gets back to the everyday grind, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and drained of energy. Maintaining your physical, mental and emotional energy is just as important to your health as managing your electrical energy is to your wallet. In the New Year, commit to spending some time each week to relax and reenergize. Recharging your batteries doesn’t have to cost money either, it can be as simple as a walk around the block, meditating in your living room, or singing out loud in the car or the shower. Find something that works for you and commit to making more time for yourself in 2018.