My New Year’s Resolution: Reducing my energy consumption
Thomas Pearce, Co-op Student, Corporate Communications / 2016/12/30
I’ve never been great with New Year’s resolutions.
I’ll say to myself, “I’m going to start exercising,” but by mid-January I’ll be in the middle of a 14-hour Netflix marathon with absolutely no aspirations of getting up anytime soon.
I’ll say to myself, “I’m going eat better,” but by January 5th I’m eating a $25 double bacon cheeseburger. “Better” does not mean more expensive, Thomas, it means healthier.
This year, however, is going to be different. This year I am going to sink my teeth into something I am much more likely to accomplish. Something, from my short time as a co-op student here at PowerStream, I’ve learned is not only super easy to achieve, but is also important for so many reasons and is going to save me money – I am going to conserve energy! Saying that out loud makes me sound just like my father.
So, here it is – my list of five things that I, the average guy, vow to do in 2017 to save on energy:
- Unplug my electronics – as is the case with most millennials, I am absolutely guilty of leaving my phone charger plugged in – all day, every day. The same goes for my toaster, coffee maker, lamps, TV and computer; you name it, it’s plugged in. The problem is, if it’s plugged in, it’s using electricity; if it’s using electricity, it’s costing me money.
- Use the power bar for what it’s intended for – many power bars offer surge protection, but if you switch it off every night, it actually stops the flow of electricity and prevents a lot of waste.
- Switch to LED bulbs – alright fine, I’ll do it. I’d be silly not to. LED light bulbs use up to 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs, and last more than twice as long as CFL bulbs – no one likes changing light bulbs. LED’s also do not contain any hazardous chemicals that require them to be safely disposed of.
- Turn down my thermostat – what’s a couple of degrees cooler? This will be a great opportunity to show off the ugly sweater my mother knitted for me; I’ll have the ugliest sweater in town, thanks Mom!
- Reverse the direction of my ceiling fan – this goes part and parcel with number 4. If it’s a couple of degrees cooler, reversing the flow of the ceiling fan pushes the hot air back down towards the floor – science!
There you have it, five completely painless ways to reduce my energy consumption, and save big over the long term. I think I can actually hear my father saying, “I’m so proud of you, son.” His birthday is coming up… maybe I’ll get him some spare LED light bulbs as a gift – he’ll be over the moon.
Visit the PowerStream website to plan your New Year’s energy-savings resolutions and for many more winter conservation tips.