Make 2020 a Year of Energy Efficiency

‘Dropping the ball’ is a good thing when you’re ringing in the New Year, but not if you’re missing an opportunity to save energy and money. By making one small investment of time or money each month throughout 2020, you can realize significant savings that will pay back by reducing your energy expenses and making your home more comfortable.

This year, resolve to be more energy-efficient by making simple changes each month. Follow this month-by-month guide to save energy and money throughout the new year!

January: Home Energy Assessment. Kick off the year with a free phone consultation with one of our energy experts who will look at your home’s consumption results to help determine if your home is losing energy. Audits are tailored to your energy consumption and needs – so if an audit is recommended, it can help you determine what improvements need to be made to reduce your consumption. It’s a great way to kick off your energy-saving efforts and get ideas for improvements you can make over the coming months.

 February: Free energy services. We offer services like energy usage alerts that help you track and manage your energy use so you can make small changes that add up to bigger savings.

 March: Outdoor HVAC unit clean up. Trim bushes and shrubs to allow at least two feet of clearance around your HVAC unit and keep leaves and debris from accumulating to maintain proper airflow.  

 April: Air conditioning tune-up. A professional should service your air conditioning system once a year when the weather starts to warm up to maintain peak performance.

 May: Air filter stock up. Replace your air filters every one to three months to make sure your HVAC system performs properly. If you keep a few extra filters on hand, it’s easier to change them when needed.

 June: Smart thermostats. Get smart about your thermostat and consider investing in a self-learning one like Nest and Ecobee that automatically adjusts your temperature settings to fit your daily life. They can help you save energy and money when you’re away during the day, asleep, or on vacation.

 July: Power strips. Your appliances and devices may be turned off, but they still use a small amount of power—known as phantom energy/power—when plugged in. You can save by installing a power strip that allows you to turn off all these items in a single switch.

 August: LED light bulbs. Switching to LED bulbs is one of the easiest ways to increase energy efficiency in your home. ENERGY STAR-qualified LEDs use 75 percent less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Also, LEDs don’t emit heat, which is an added plus during the dog days of summer.

 September: Heating system tune-up. Just like your air conditioning, your heating system should be serviced once a year as the weather gets cooler to keep it at optimal performance.

 October: Light timers. As the sun sets earlier, consider installing a timer so lights come on as needed rather than leaving them on all day.

 November: Caulking and weather stripping. Seal up any cracks and gaps around windows and doors to help keep cold air out and warm air in.

December: Energy-efficient holiday lights. LED light strands are 70 percent more efficient and last 10 times longer than traditional incandescent lights. They are also cooler to the touch, reducing the risk of fire.

A New Year brings new opportunities to save energy – and money. You may think energy efficiency upgrades require a great deal of time and expense, but that’s not always the case. If you’re interested in making your home more efficient, but don’t want to break the bank, there are several DIY projects you can tackle to help you save energy throughout the year.