Having just gone through the warmest Minnesota winter I have ever experienced I can honestly say I could get used to this, and I am now convinced something must be going on with our climate. I remember 70 plus degrees days in March of this year; when the normal temperature is around 20-30 degrees with snow.
While I know I saved a good amount of money on heating costs this year I am also sure that next year I will not be nearly as fortunate. As we celebrate this year’s Earth Day I would like to look back on past winters by sharing some thoughts on what can be done save money on future utility bills, and also what can be done to help reduce climate change.
What a utility bill doesn’t tell you, however, is how you can reduce your energy costs without having to suffer through excessive cold, heat, and humidity. I was glad to learn that the Geek Squad® will perform a Home Energy Survey. In this survey the agent will show you how to lower your energy costs while still maintaining the level of comfort you’re used to. At the end of the survey they will give you a full report of their findings and recommendations.
Did you know that 30 percent of the energy used in most homes is just wasted? If my utility bill was reduced by 30 percent I can promise you the savings would add up fast. Did you know that five percent of your energy costs come from electricity being used by your electronics when they are not in use?
Some quick an easy things to start saving right-away would be to get a smart power strip for all your electronics, and start replacing your light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL). Did you know that a CFL will pay itself off in six months, and should last substantially longer?
So let’s say you had the Geek Squad® out for a Home Energy Survey, you took their recommendations to heart, and made the changes to your home. How will you know if these changes are saving you any money? Well, you could invest in a Home Power Monitor that will list your power usage in either kilowatts or dollar amounts.
In the end it is nice to know that you are doing your part in saving energy usage, and the money you are saving will make it all worth it!