With the New Year comes a refreshed commitment to self, family and community expressed through resolutions and goal setting. For some, this could be exercising more to achieve a healthier lifestyle, finding a cause to volunteer for, developing a new skill or hobby, or making new friends.
Saving money is one of the most popular resolutions people set at the beginning of the year. Many do this by taking their lunch to work instead of buying a meal at the cafeteria, opting to enjoy their favorite morning cup of coffee at home or setting aside extra money with each paycheck. Another great way to save big? Taking the necessary steps to lower your monthly utility bills. Not only will you have a few extra dollars in your pocket, but you’ll also have a positive impact on the environment.
There are a variety of ways you can cut down on your utility costs throughout the year. Remember these tips as you create your 2019 resolutions:
- Replace incandescent light bulbs to ENERGY STAR® -certified light bulbs. These light bulbs use up to 90 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and can help you save $75 annually.
- DTE rebates for insulation and windows and initiatives such as the Water Heating Rebate Program, Heating Equipment Replacement and Energy Efficiency Assistance Program (EEA) help customers see savings.
- Nearly 50 percent of the money spent on utility bills goes toward heating and cooling costs. Knowing this, switch from a traditional thermostat to a programmable thermostat and save up to 30 percent on your monthly bill.
- Don’t let air in (or out!) Seal air ducts and experience almost immediate effects in your home and pocketbook.
- Clean dryer and furnace filters at minimum every three months to make sure they aren’t clogged and don’t have to work harder (thus, driving up costs).