With the Spring Equinox right around the corner (March 20th) we could start to assume the end of frigid, snowy weather is within our grasp. Just like the transition from the mild temperatures of fall to the frigid temps of winter, spring is our 3-month reprieve from bitter cold temps, yet also a precursor to the long, hot days of summer to follow. It’s the perfect time to evaluate our energy bills and look for ways we can do a little spring cleaning to save energy and money as we ride out the calm before the storm.
Although these suggestions may seem simple, it is the simple fixes that add up to big savings. Here are a few pro-active tips you might want to consider:
1.) Check your energy plan to make sure you are getting the best rate possible for your gas and electricity. If you’re currently paying your utility company for the supply portion of your energy bill, make the effort to explore your energy options with an energy supplier (ESCO). Energy Supply Companies offer options on your energy bills that your local utility company cannot (within NYS). If you’re not on a fixed rate plan through an ESCO, Spring is an ideal time to review your bill with our customer experience team. Locking into a fixed price can protect you from energy spikes that may occur in the upcoming summer months.
2.) Shop Wisely. Spring is the time many of us say, ‘out with the old, in with the new.’ If you’re in the market for new appliances, fans or electronics, check their Energy Star rating to ensure energy savings over the lifetime of the product. According to energystar.gov, Energy Star products saved consumers $6 billion on their energy bills and reduced pollution equivalent to that of about 12 million cars.
3.) Program Energy Savings. Install and set a programmable thermostat to control the temperatures in your home whether you are home or not. Many of the newest thermostats allow you to download an app to turn the heat or cooling up through your phone. This could save you up to 10% on your energy bills.
4.) Replace Lightbulbs. Sounds simple but if you replace just the top 4-5 lightbulbs in lamps that you most often use with energy efficient bulbs, you could save yourself somewhere in the range of $75 a year.
5.) Let the Sun Shine In. Spring inspires us to want to pull up our blinds, draw back the curtains and let the sunshine in. This not only gives us the sense of rejuvenation, it will help warm your room (as long as your windows are energy efficient) during those chillier Spring days. In the summer, use window treatments that are designed to allow natural light in while keeping hot air out. Seal air leaks and insulate your home properly so your energy dollars don’t seep through the cracks as well.