Simple, Attainable New Year’s Resolutions for Energy Efficiency

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As we step into 2024, many of us are setting New Year’s resolutions aimed at improving our lives and the health of the planet we call home. Did you know you can do both if you resolve to improve energy efficiency in your home and business? Not only does this help the environment, but it also reduces your energy bill, allowing you to put your energy savings to good use. The best part? It doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Here are some smart goals to add to your New Year’s resolution list for 2024.

1. Conduct an energy audit

An energy audit is a great starting point. It helps identify areas where you can save energy in your home. Many utility companies offer free or discounted energy audits to their customers. This step is crucial for understanding your current energy usage and making informed decisions.

2. Reduce water heating expenditures

Lowering the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit can reduce your water heating costs by 6–10 percent; taking shorter showers can save you even more.

3. Give your HVAC some TLC

Great HVAC resolutions for the new year include getting your system serviced each fall and spring ahead of peak heating and cooling seasons and replacing your filters every three months. This will prevent surprise repair costs and keep your HVAC system a lean, mean, money-saving machine.

4. Optimize your thermostat settings

Set your manual thermostat to the lowest and highest settings you can comfortably live with in winter and summer, respectively, and even more when you’re going to bed or won’t be home. You can save the hassle of remembering to do this by purchasing and programming a smart thermostat instead. Using light-blocking or thermal curtains strategically can also help you keep temperatures comfortable the natural way.

5. Seal air leaks

Air leaks around doors and windows can lead to energy loss. Sealing these leaks with weather stripping or caulk is an easy, cost-effective way to increase energy efficiency.

6. Power down your electronics

Unplugging electronics when they’re not in use can prevent energy waste. Even when turned off, electronics can still consume plenty of energy. Using smart power strips can cut power to devices when they’re not in use, helping to reduce phantom energy loads.

7. Switch to LED light bulbs

Replacing incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs is a small change with a big impact. LEDs use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Ring in the New Year with Affordable Energy Efficient Upgrades

Along with any DIY energy improvements you make as a Michigander, Michigan Saves can help keep Mother Nature from costing you—now and all year long. Our financing can help you quickly turn your home or business into a comfortable and energy efficient space by paying for virtually any energy upgrade you need. If saving money and energy is your New Year’s resolution, you’re in good hands. Get professional help from one of our authorized Michigan contractors in your area. Start the new year off by increasing your energy savings with us today!