We know when it comes to energy costs every little bit matters so we have come up with a list of Energy Saving Tips to help you make it through the cold Western New York winter with a little extra cash.
- Keep the Heat In – Plug your home’s leaks. Install weather-stripping or caulk leaky doors and windows and install gaskets behind outlet covers. This can save you up to 10% on your energy costs.
- Insulate your hot water tank -if you have a conventional hot water heater, wrap the hot water tank with jacket insulation. This is especially valuable for older water heaters with little internal insulation. Be sure to leave the air intake vent uncovered when insulating a gas water heater. This too, can save you up to 10 percent on water heating costs.
- Look up – If your ceiling is not insulated or insufficiently insulated, increase your insulation to up to R-38 to reduce heating costs by 5 to 25 percent.
- Try a slow cooker meal instead - Did you know your dinner can save you energy? Small appliances are great energy savers that can save you money all year long. Slow cookers (crock-pots) are perfect for busy families. On average, they will cook a whole meal for about 17 cents worth of electricity.
- Bundle Up – Reduce the temperature on your thermostat and wear socks and a sweater indoors. Lowering the thermostat by just one degree Fahrenheit can reduce energy use by 3 percent.
- Look at the windows – Open south-facing window curtains, drapes and blinds during the day. Close window coverings at night to keep the heat in.
- Switch and save – if you haven’t already done so, switch to NOCO as your energy supplier and take advantage of deregulation in New York State.