You can trim your electric bill all year long by taking a few simple steps. Here’s a list of Access Energy Cooperative’s recommendations for year-round energy and money savings!

January Lowering your thermostat just a few degrees during winter months can save as much as $85 per year. Programmable thermostats make it easy to save by offering pre-programmed settings to regulate a home’s temperature throughout the year.

February Adjust your water heater. Turning down the temperature gauge to below 120 degrees Fahrenheit can heat up your savings.

March Stop air from escaping your home and money from escaping your wallet! Head down to your home’s basement and seal those leaky ducts.

April Air leaks in your home add up. Caulking cracks and openings to the outside could save more than $200 a year.

May Make sure your refrigerator is on your spring cleaning to-do list. Clean the refrigerator inside and out, including grills, and check the temperature gauge. For maximum operating efficiency, a refrigerator’s temperature should be between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

June Replacing furnace and air conditioner filters regularly can have a big impact on a home’s energy use. Dirty filters can restrict air flow and reduce the overall efficiency of your cooling system, forcing it to work harder on hot summer days.

July Your home’s cooling costs increase with outside temperature during summer months. Keeping your thermostat set between 78 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit can save up to 8 percent on monthly cooling bills.

August Heading out of town on vacation? Be sure to unplug all of your electronic devices like computers, monitor, printers, TV and cable boxes, DVD players, and microwaves. Electronics with digital displays and instant-on features consume energy even if they’re not in use.

September While they don’t replace an air conditioner or a heat pump, fans move the air so everyone feels more comfortable. On a milder day, a fan is a much more energy-efficient choice than cranking up the air conditioning. Fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you leave.   

October Get ready for winter by insulating your attic. Adding nine or more inches of insulation could save you more than $150 a year.

November As the weather cools down, pull up your window shades. Keeping blinds open during cold weather lets heat from sunlight in, reducing the need to turn up your home’s thermostat.

December Put a new ENERGY STAR® appliance at the top of your Christmas wish list. Upgrading appliances like washing machines to ENERGY STAR®-rated models can save up to $140 per year.

Access Energy Cooperative is dedicated to being an energy efficiency resource for our members. To learn more about how you can save money through energy efficiency practices, check out our website at www.accessenergycoop.com.

Source: Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives

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