Friday, December 14th, 2018 by Paul Gassett
We've all sung the 12 Days of Christmas at some point. Well, we don't have a tune for it, but the 12 Days of Energy Savings (courtesty of Energy.gov) will definitely have you humming a happy tune when you see your electric bill next month!
Day 1: Schedule a Home Energy Audit. This is the best way to know how much money you're wasting on energy bills every month! Air leaks and poor insulation could be the cause of uncomfortable rooms in your home AND high energy bills, so you definitely owe it to yourself to find out the best solutions. Dr. Energy Saver in Bel Air can help you save up to 30% on energy expenses.
Day 2: Install a programmable thermostat. By programming your thermostat to lower 10 degrees during the hours you are at work, and 5 degrees when you go to bed, you can save up to 15% on your heating and cooling bill.
Day 3: Maintain your fireplace. Proper chimney maintenance can help keep warm air in and cold air out. Sealing the fireplace flue damper and caulking around the hearth can really help.
Day 4: Prepare windows for winter. Feel for cold air coming in around windows, and replace caulking or weather stripping where necessary. Consider upgrading to insulated windows in the new year to help keep cold air out.
Day 5: Take Advantage of sunlight. On sunny winter days in Harford County, open curtains to let sunshine naturally warm your rooms. And close curtains at night to keep warm air from escaping.
Day 6: Purchase ENERGY STAR electronics. If you have someone on your shopping list in your household who asked for a laptop, check out the models with the ENERGY STAR label. You'll save 30-65% more energy.
Day 7: Buy rechargeable batteries and an ENERGY STAR battery charger. These are much more cost effective than constantly replacing disposable ones.
Day 8: In the kitchen, use the right sized pots and pans. Using the appropriate size for each burner can save up to $36 per year.
Day 9: Use LED lights on your tree and home. It costs $10 to light a 6-foot Christmas tree for 12 hours a day for 40 days with incandescent lights, while it would only cost .27 for the same amount of time using LEDs. That's a lot of savings!
Day 10: Install a timer for your lighting. Even if you're using LEDs, you can save money and energy by not accidentally leaving your lights on all night long.
Day 11: Use power strips for holiday decorations. These are made to save energy.
Day 12: Empty your car after you're finished shopping. All those extra pounds of presents can decrease your gas mileage by up to .08/gallon.
We can help you determine which areas of your home can save you money all year long. Call us so we can inspect air leaks, insulation, or other areas where we can improve your home's comfort and lower your bills. We look forward to speaking with you.