Winter generally brings with it not just cold and snow — but higher utility bills! Today is “National Cut
Your Energy Costs Day,” so we thought it would be a good time to bring in National Grid’s Jared Paventi
to share some money-saving tips!
- Set your thermostat to the lowest temperature to maintain comfort and safety. For every 1 degree
Fahrenheit you set your thermostat back, you may save between one and three percent on your
annual heating bill.
Have your heating and cooling systems serviced regularly to maintain performance.
- Change your disposable furnace filter or clean replaceable filters at the interval recommended by
the manufacturer. Dirty air filters impede airflow, which makes heating systems work harder and
use more energy.
- A 100-watt incandescent bulb and 16.6-watt LED bulb each provide approximately 1,500 lumens
of brightness. Replacing five incandescent bulbs with LEDs can save more than $11 per month.
Jared also offered these thoughts about ways to save money monthly:
- Unplug your electric space heater or hot tub and save $41 a month.
- Replace a second or older refrigerator and save $23 a month.
- Caulk or weather-strip around windows and doors to keep warm air in and save $13 a month.
- Washing your clothes in cold water can save you $9 per month.
- Turn off lights and electronics (appliances, TVs, stereos, and computers) and save approximately
$9 a month.
- Repair leaky faucets and save $6 per month.
- Unplug electronics with remote control or “instant on” features and save $4 a month.
Customers can also shop at the National Grid Marketplace, which features energy-efficient products
including smart thermostats, lighting, and water fixtures, sold at the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices.
(Many have instant rebates!) Visit the Marketplace at NationalGridUS.com.