January 10th is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day!
Lots of residents in New Orleans are always looking for a way to keep a buck since we need to store that extra cash for our summertime AC bill. There are some easy ways to save some juice. Then there are some that may cost you up front but pay off in the long run. Here are our top 4 suggestions with a little lagniappe for you.
1. Seal all your windows!
We say this like it’s an easy feat here. We are NEVER encouraging you to take caulk and seal those old windows shut. What we are suggesting is making sure the actual frame is sealed. In our experience with buying and selling in New Orleans, we’ve seen our fair share of windows that are leaking. Escaping air could be the least of your problems if those windows aren’t sealed properly.
What we suggest: add some weatherstripping or get one of those fabric pieces that stops drafts. While it may not be pretty, it can help your AC from escaping when you need it most. (Which is from May-October)
2. Unplug unused items
I know, you don’t want to go around and unplug each little thing you aren’t using. However, appliances and phone chargers draw power even when you aren’t using them. It’s believed that we, as a nation, spend about $7 billion a year on standby power. (That’s only for residential use too!) The Department of Energy says that each house loses 5-8% of its annual usage, which is an entire months energy bill. Doesn’t it sound better to unplug some stuff now?
3. Change your bulbs
Incandescent lightbulbs are terrible for you home. They are low efficiency, break more easily, are terrible for the environment, and have a super short lifespan. Go grab some CFL or LED bulbs and be done with it.
4. Have a pro check out your home
All Entergy customers in Orleans parish qualify for a free energy assessment in their home. It’s free! There is no reason not to try them out!
If you’re not in Orleans Parish, you can hire a professional to come out.
Also, check out this local non-profit, Energy Wise, that is empowering Louisiana to save money through energy education.
Have your HVAC cleaned and serviced every year to keep it running smoothly. Think about a tankless water heater. Get a programmable thermostat. Wash your clothes in cold water. (It’s better for them anyway!) Change your filters. Look into solar panels.
No matter what you do, a little something can go a long way. If I had it my way, I would put a wind turbine on top of my house. But, you can just heed one of our suggestions above!