The start of a new year is normally marked with lists of resolutions and goals — things we want to start doing, things we want to do better and things we want to stop doing.
Some people are probably good at sticking to resolutions. Others are not.
Don’t feel alone if you are in the second group. Research suggests only 8% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions.
When people are asked about their resolutions, many aim to budget better and save money in the new year. Assuming this year will be no different, I thought it was time to remind you about some ways to use less electricity and keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket.
With that said, the cheapest energy is the energy you never use.
Look around your home or business. Are there places where you could be more energy efficient? Do you see gaps and cracks around windows or doors where outside air gets inside? Caulking, weatherstripping, and insulation can help. Don’t know where to start? Visit our YouTube page (youtube.com/nobleremc) for easy-to-follow DIY videos from our energy advisor, Brian Hawk.
Noble REMC also offers SmartHub, a free tool that allows you to see how much electricity you use each day. The tool can be accessed from your computer or mobile device to help you understand where you are using energy. Does your energy skyrocket on laundry day? Can you lower it by turning the thermostat down a few degrees while you are away from home? Try it for a few days and see if you can see a difference through your daily SmartHub graphs.
And lastly, choosing to use less electricity during our peak-demand hours, when power costs the most (Monday through Friday, 5-8 p.m.) can go a long way in lowering the co-op’s overall cost, which is then passed on to you, our member.
Though the savings from all these tips may be a little here and there, it adds up over time. Most require small changes, and it’s those small changes that turn into habits that add up to a big difference.
Whatever your resolutions are, here is to hoping that you are part of the 8% in 2024.