New Years’ Resolution: Save Money on Energy

by Donny on December 23, 2011

Do you still do new years’ resolutions? Have you had success in recent pasts? If so, congratulations, because you’re in the top 40 percent of American’s who actually succeed. Research shows that about 72 percent of Americans succeed after two weeks, but that number quickly dwindles down to about 63 percent after one month. Then, by June, about only 45 percent of those new years’ resolutions are still alive. That’s not to say it’s not a good idea to set resolutions. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. People with resolutions at least have some determination to motivate them in the first place because if they didn’t they wouldn’t start.

Let’s say going to the gym is your resolution. According to the stats, you’ll have early success which will help you get in good shape and you after six months you’ll have a 45 percent chance of having stuck with it. That might seem low, but it’s heck of a lot higher than those who never had a resolution. On top of that, perhaps you can beat the odds. That would be pretty motivational.

So, if you do have a resolution, what is it? Are you determined to hit the gym harder? Is your goal to spend less money? If saving money is your goal, one great place to start is on your energy bills.

Since January 1 is smack dab in the middle of winter, let’s start there. Here are a few things you can do to save money on electricity during winter, and the first few steps to take to help you save money for your new years’ resolution.

• Switch electricity companies. If you live in a deregulated area, you can shop and compare multiple electricity rates for your home or business. In fact, you can use our compare box to compare some of the best electricity companies and rates in your area. Once you find the company with the cheapest rates, you can sign up right there on the spot.

• Use a fireplace if you have one. This can also help you get into the holiday spirit, but among other things, warms your house without having to use electricity, ultimately helping you save money.

• Turn on fans. Again, if you read our article entitled “The Opposite” you know which way the fan should spin, and if you combine the idea of using fans while a fire burns in the fireplace, it will be even more effective.

• Check your air and furnace filters. It’s best to clean them at least once a year because the cleaner they are, the less they have to work, the less energy they use up and the more money they save you. Getting new clean filters for the new year is a good place to start.

• Make sure your windows have the proper coverings and are well insulated. Make sure there are no cracks or leaks in the windows and be sure the areas around the area are properly caulked. This might seem minor but will make a bigger difference than you might think.

• Open your curtains during the day and close them during the night. This way, the heat of the day can more easily find its way into your home and you can block the cold air at night.

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