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2020 is coming, and we’ve got just one question for you—are you ready? Even if you’re not totally on board with the whole “new year, new you” mantra (and hey, we don’t blame you), it is undoubtedly one of the best times to refresh your personal goals. No matter what you’re looking to improve, it’s likely you’ve got something on your list for 2020 new year’s resolutions.
Some people are trying to tone up, others are looking to achieve new career goals, others might be looking to commit to their mental health or personal relationships. But you know what else you should add to that list? New year’s resolutions for energy savings!
Why Make New Year’s Resolutions for Energy Saving?
2020 is a brand-new opportunity. We might argue it’s even an energy-efficient light shining amongst the darkness of energy waste!
Sure, it might sound intimidating—all new year’s resolutions do. But together, we’ll take it one day a time to make better, more energy-efficient choices as we charge forward into 2020. If you’re looking for a little inspiration to put energy conservation at the forefront of your year, you’re in the right place. We’ve gathered new year’s resolutions for energy savings to save energy, save money, and help save the planet in 2020.
Without further ado, we present you, the six best new year’s resolutions for energy savings in 2020.
I Resolve to: Audit My Home & Understand Key Drivers of Energy
One of the best ways to really kick your 2020 energy conservation efforts into gear is to gift yourself a home energy audit. Reading this and wondering, “What the heck is a home energy audit?” Don’t worry, we’re not going to just drop this on you and move on.
Essentially, a home energy audit is a professional inspection of your home that analyzes your energy usage and identifies where energy is being wasted. We’ve got an entire article with all the details here. A home energy audit is this perfect first step if you’re looking to get your energy conservation on lock.
If you’ve already checked this important box, we suggest going back to the results and checking out our little 101 guide about key drivers of energy in your home. This might help you better understand where you’re wasting energy and how you can improve. And while you’re at it, we suggest you resolve to get a firmer grasp on how to read your energy bill. This way, you can have a clearer picture of all the inputs and outputs—where you’re losing money and wasting energy and how you can adjust it!
I Resolve to: Swap For the Best Energy-Efficient Lighting
If you’re looking to take a very, very small step that can add up in a big way over time as one of your new year’s resolutions for energy savings, we absolutely suggest you start with your lighting.
Switching out your light bulbs and light fixtures for more energy-efficient lighting is one of the simplest ways to conserve electricity overall. Opting for lights like LEDs might seem like an insignificant change, but it can actually make an enormous difference.
Think about it this way—the average American home has about 50 lightbulbs in it. Let’s say all of those are incandescent. When you switch from incandescent bulbs to ENERGY STAR certified bulbs, which use about 79-90 percent less energy and will last about 15 times longer, you’ll end up saving about $80 in energy bills per bulb over the course of that bulb’s lifetime. See? These things add up!
We’ve got a whole blog post on LEDs and how they can make a significant difference in your energy efficiency. Check it out here.
I Resolve to: Stop the Phantom Load
No, we’re not telling you to call Ghostbusters, Inc. to rid your home of spooks—we’re just talkin’ about phantom loads (although they are spooky!). Phantom loads are electric loads drawn from appliances or electronics when they are plugged in but not in use. They are undoubtedly around your home, wasting energy and adding to your electricity bill.
We devoted a whole piece to helping you tackle this issue—check it out here! In short, the best way to eliminate phantom loads is to use power strips with an on-and-off switch—then make sure you’re regularly switching that power strip off when it’s not in use. Smart strips now make this job even easier!
I Resolve to: Give my HVAC System a Good Inspection
It’s possible that your HVAC system is wasting energy and costing you more money, and there are plenty of ways to remedy this!
We’re not going to dive too deep into this new year’s resolution to save energy, because we could honestly talk about it for hours. But as we discuss in our previous post, inspecting your HVAC system to ensure your home’s walls and ducts are properly insulated and your HVAC appliances are properly maintained will go a long way towards saving energy, saving money, and by extension, helping to save the planet.
Thinking your furnace might not make it through the winter? We recommend giving our blog a read to identify the best energy-efficient heaters on the market.
I Resolve to: Upgrade Appliances to Energy-Efficient Models
We’re not going to sit here and pretend that it’s entirely feasible for every single reader out there to just get up and swap their appliances for more energy-efficient models. We understand that appliances can be expensive (especially when it comes to high-tech, energy-conserving ones), but if you’re in the position where you need to replace one or more of your older models this year, we absolutely recommend doing your research to invest in an energy-efficient model.
The WattDoesItUse site will be getting a makeover and is a great place to compare the power consumption of any appliance or device you could be wondering about. Definitely take advantage of that resource! In addition, look for the ENERGY STAR logo on devices as an additional guarantee that you’re getting an appliance or device that meets strict energy efficiency standards.
The initial cost will be a bit higher, we’ll just tell you that now. But the savings (both energy-wise and currency-wise) will leave your mouth hanging open for years to come—in a good way! Whether that means you want to switch out your TV, your hot water heater, or other types of appliances (like your kitchen ranges), there are tons of options out there! Subscribe to the WattDoesItUse Blog stay on top of the latest product reviews.
I Resolve to: Re-evaluate How I Do My Household Chores
Sometimes, the simplest solutions can make the biggest differences. This year, resolve to rethink and re-evaluate your everyday routine, including your household chores. By simply engraining good habits and making more energy-efficient device purchases, you truly can cut down on your energy bill and conserve more energy, it just takes a little extra thought and consideration. With genuinely easy solutions like meal prepping, swapping out the vacuum for a broom, using colder water temps to wash clothes and dishes, and using the high-spin cycle, you can make a sincere difference in your energy conservation efforts.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions for Energy Savings?
At the end of the day, even small changes—like switching light bulbs or checking for leaks in your windows—can make an enormous difference in your 2020 energy bills. So what are you waiting for? Will you take on some of our recommended new year’s resolutions for energy savings above? Or do you have some of your own? Share the wealth in the comments below!
In 2020, we’re planning to do everything in our power to conserve energy. And we’re committed to do everything in our power to provide the resources and knowledge that you need to maximize your energy savings, too.
If you’re looking for even more ways to kick your energy efficiency efforts into high gear this year, you’re in the right place. At WattDoesItUse, we’re all about providing you with the power consumption of every device in your home as well as year-round tips, tricks, and advice to put that information to action and get your energy efficiency on lock.
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