January 10 is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day! 

How are you keeping your utility bills down this winter? Here are a few ideas:

Upgrade old appliances. When you shop, look for the Energy Star rating to ensure your new washing machine, dishwasher, or oven are as efficient as possible.

Switch to LED lightbulbs. These use just 8 watts to produce the same brightness as a 60-watt incandescent bulb, and today’s LEDs come in all shades and levels of warmth.

Keep an eye on the thermostat. Be sure to turn down the temperature when you’re out or invest in a programmable smart version.

Check the seals on doors and windows. Try weatherstripping or caulk as a short-term fix or consider bringing in a professional to assess trouble areas. Wash clothes in warm or cool water. You’ll slash the energy used for each load while prolonging the life of your clothes.

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