Ready to make 2021 your most energy-efficient year ever? Great, us too!
Now we’ll admit, some electricity-saving tips take more, well, energy, than others. So while we’re super grateful if you want to go above and beyond to save electricity, we’re including simple tips, because saving anything helps tremendously. Plus, simple resolutions are much easier to stick with throughout the year. If you want to go the extra mile, we’ve included ways to save even more.
Check out these easy, energy-saving resolutions:
Resolution #1: Turn off the lights. Our first resolution is the easiest—turn off the lights when you’re not in the room. Your furniture won’t mind sitting in the dark, so flip the switch when you exit a room. Save even more: Switch to LED lights, which use up to 90% less energy than conventional lights (get rebates up to $2/bulb!)
Resolution #2: Turn off your computer. If you’re going to be away from your computer for two or more hours, simply turn it off. Your computer uses more energy when it’s “asleep” or with a screensaver than it does powering back on, so simply turn it off when you’re away or done for the day. Save even more: Switch to a laptop, which uses up to 90% less energy than a desktop.
Resolution #3: Unplug when you’re done charging. Want to give 110%? Stop charging after 100%! Sure, it’s easy to leave your phone or laptop charging, but once it hits 100% it doesn’t fill the battery up anymore, it just uses more electricity. So unplug at 100%! Save even more: Unplugging your electronics (TVs, Blu-Ray players, video game systems) will save a lot, but it’s not always feasible. So switch to an ADVANCED Power Strip, which keeps your electronics from draining power when they’re turned off. Plus we’ll help you pay for one!
Resolution #4: Clean up your laundry routine. Wash wisely with these easy (and free) tips: Wash full loads of laundry in cold water; go old-school and dry your clothes on a clothesline when it’s warm outside; and always clean your dryer’s lint filter, as it not only saves energy, it could prevent a fire! Save even more: Switch to an ENERGY STAR®-certified washer and dryer, and get a $50 rebate for each.
Resolution #5: Don’t touch that dial. You know which one we’re talking about—your thermostat. Here are some helpful rules-of-thumb to follow instead: During the winter, set your thermostat to 68 degrees when you’re at home, and lower it at night or when you’re away; in the summer, set it to a minimum 78 degrees and use ceiling fans to keep you cool. Save even more: Sign up for PSO Power Hours and get $110 off an eligible Wi-Fi thermostat.
Thank you for making these easy, energy-saving resolutions (it makes a big difference). This year let’s make our community a better, more energy-efficient place for us all to live!