10 Energy-Saving Tips to Reduce Costs and Save the Environment
If you’re as freaked out by this temperate winter as we are, you may be thinking about ways to save the environment, too. It’s beautiful out there, but it’s a little unnerving. I mean, our daffodils are popping up. Plus, the kids really, really want a snow day so they can hit the hill at Shelby Golf Course.
The best part about doing your part to save the environment? It’ll probably save you some cash in the long run.
Let’s go for the win-win with Cumberland Cooling’s top 10 energy-saving tips to save energy and reduce costs.
Thank God for the TVA
Jason Isbell said it best: Thank God for the TVA. Spend a little time with TVA to find out what you can do to improve the efficiency and comfort of your home. Energy Right can help you find out what your biggest energy saving priorities are. Home Uplift even helps seniors and lower-income homeowners make home energy upgrades that can simultaneously improve overall health and wellbeing while reducing energy costs.
Install and Set a Programmable Thermostat
This isn’t the first time we’ve extolled the virtues of programmable thermostats and it probably won’t be the last. We covered this chestnut at length in What Kind of Thermostat is Right for My Home because it really does help. You can save up to 10% on your heating and cooling bill — which adds up quickly.
Here’s the thing, though: to save the cash, you have to actually program your programmable thermostat! Which we’ll happily do for you, if you’d like. How’s that for full-service?
Let the Sun Shine In
Or don’t. Invest in window treatments that help you use sunlight to your advantage. Pull those blinds shut during the sweltering heat of August but let those rays in all January long.
Invest in Energy Star Appliances
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to upgrade your appliances, maybe saving the environment will do it. We ran the good old 37206 zip code through the ENERGY STAR rebate finder and came up empty. But you’ll never know what good fortunes 2020 may bring. Don’t forget to vote!
New Lightbulbs are the Hottest Ticket in Town
If Energy.gov says you can save up to $75 by replacing five of your most frequently used lights with LEDs, we’re gonna’ take the money and run.
Reduce Water Heating Costs
Replace traditional taps, toilets, and showerheads with low-flow models. Invest in on-demand water heaters or nudge your water heater’s temp down a notch to save even more.
Service Your Heating and Cooling Unit Regularly
You didn’t think we’d forget this one, did you? Routinely replacing your air filters can lower your heating cooling system’s energy consumption by up to 15%. We recommend annual HVAC service and preventative maintenance to make sure that your furnace is operating optimally and your air conditioner is ready to go with the heat rolls in.
It’s Never Too Late to Change
That pre-loved sweatshirt you’ve been keeping an eye on at OMG? Go ahead, call it your superhero cape and turn the thermostat down.
Adjusting your day-to-day behaviors is the best way to reduce energy consumption and save costs. Since heating and cooling costs account for nearly half of your utility bill, simply turn your heat down in the winter and use your AC less in the summer.
Plus, you could leave us a Google review like Jason’s: “These guys are AWESOME!!!! They make you feel like a neighbor you have known for years. They are genuine, honest and professional. I could’ve got multiple estimates but after meeting with Blake I was sold.”