New Year’s Resolution: Conservation

By Marketing Communications Editor Brian Hale

Losing weight. Quitting smoking. Becoming a better person. These are all common statements every January when talk of new year’s resolutions comes about.

For the month of January, gym memberships spike and cigarette sales dip. But as the calendar progresses further into each year, gym memberships and cigarette sales often return to normal as “resolutionists” begin returning to old habits.

So what resolution can you commit to keeping for the rest of the year that will better your conscience and your wallet? How about committing to using less energy?

The summer months often create havoc on both utility grids across the nation as well as consumer wallets. But consuming less energy during peak times is better for both the environment and your bank account.

So what can you do to keep this year’s resolution?

There are a number of ways, and you likely won’t notice much of a difference on your lifestyle or comfort.

First, get a programmable thermostat. Program the thermostat to retain a higher temperature during the summer and a lower temperature during the colder months. Set the thermostat to reach your desired setting approximately 30 minutes before you return home so you enter into a comfortable home.

Secondly, during peak hours during the summer (usually between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m.) avoid running large appliances such as the washer and dryer, dish washer and oven. This will create less demand on the energy grid and a lesser probability of rolling blackouts (created by too much demand and not enough electricity).

Lastly, look for any type of credit or discount available to you in your home’s service area and take advantage. These are often government-sponsored credits or rebates available to you for helping reduce your energy usage. To look for savings options, visit www.energy.gov/savings to see what is available in your area.

By committing to reduce your energy usage in 2013, you can save money, lower the probability of rolling blackouts, reduce stress on your electric grid during peak times, satisfy your conscience by doing something beneficial for the environment and keep your new year’s resolution.

Will you keep your resolution in 2013?