Try this New Year’s Resolution ~ Wasting less energy in 2010

A new calendar year provides opportunities to improve old habits and make positive changes.

If your New Year’s resolutions include the usual promise of starting up the treadmill or eating healthier, consider another idea: resolve to be energy efficient.

By adopting a few simple changes, you can reduce the amount of energy wasted in your home. Making a habit out to any combination of the following measures can reduce your energy usage in 2010 and every year after:

  • Adjust thermostats – Turn down your thermostat during winter months when heating and turn it up during summer months when cooling. If you haven’t already, install a programmable thermostat. The average consumer can save $180 in energy costs over the course of a year.
  • Lower the water heater temperature – Although some manufacturers set water heater thermostats at 140 degrees Fahrenheit. For each 10 degrees Fahrenheit reduction in water temperature, you can save between 3 and 5 percent in energy costs.
  • Go low-flow – Install water flow restrictors and aerators on sink and laundry tub faucets. These measures save money by reducing heated water use – and minimizes the burden on your water heater.
  •  Swap for CFLs – Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use about 70 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. Because the average household has more than 40 light sockets, the savings can really add up.
  • Shut them off – Turn off lights and equipment when not in use. Don’t underestimate the energy savings realized by turning off or unplugging seldom-used televisions, stereos and computers.
  • Unplug-standby power, or energy used by electronic items that are turned off can cost approximately $5 per month in the average home. Unplug anything that displays a light or clock while equipment is turned off.

May your New Year be filled with happiness, health, family and cheer!

Happy New Year from All of us at Arrowhead Electric!

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