HORSEHEADS, NY (WENY) -- January 10 marks National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. And with the fridged temperatures we've seen recently many people are expecting to see higher electric bills in the coming weeks.
So, WENY News has come up with a few ways to reduce the amount of energy you use, not only in the winter but, all year round.
Experts recommend starting by making sure you're unplugging devices that use "phantom power." That's electricity that is on all the time. Making sure you're unplugging things like cell phone chargers and coffee maker's when you're not using them can cut energy costs.
You can also replace traditional lights in your home with LED bulbs. They save energy in the long term because they're seven times more efficient as incandescent light bulbs.
Another way to save; stop using certain appliances when you don't have to. Don't run the dishwasher or washing machine until you have a full load. And if you're in the market for any new appliances, consider looking for an energy efficient, or high-efficiency model.
And when it comes to the thermostat, experts say "set it and forget it." Ideally, the thermostat should be set at 68 degrees in the winter. If you need to adjust the setting, do it one degree at a time and wait for the room to come to temperature.