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New Year’s Resolution #1: Save Energy

New Year’s Resolution #1: Save Energy

Many people view the New Year as a new opportunity to set and achieve goals. This year, set aside your typical resolutions and focus on saving energy with these tips:

Invest in a programmable thermostat:
Not only does a programmable thermostat save you upwards of 10 percent on your cooling and heating costs in a year, it gives you one less thing to think about when you get home after a long day. Simply set it according to your schedule and avoid having to adjust the temperature when you leave or hit the sack at night.

Look for the ENERGY STAR®:
Your appliances and electronics account for nearly 20 percent of your electric bill. When it is time to replace a product, look for ENERGY STAR® certified items. In its lifetime, an ENERGY STAR® appliance could save you nearly $750 in energy costs.

Use energy-saving light bulbs:
If you were to replace just five of the most used light bulbs in your home with ENERGY STAR® bulbs, you could save up to $75 per year on your electric bill.

Cut down on water heating:
Water heating is a huge chunk of your electric bill. Consider setting your water heater no higher than 120 degrees and installing low-flow showerheads to cut down on water heating costs.

Maintain your air conditioner:
Having a certified technician service your air conditioner annually will keep it working efficiently. Replacing air filters once a month is vital in ensuring that your air conditioner works properly.

Happy New Year from LCEC, and best of luck with whatever resolutions make your list! If energy savings makes the cut, visit for more tips and tools to help you save.

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