How Was Your Energy Year?

As the old year comes to a close, it's a good time to take a look at your energy-using habits and what you can do to save energy and money in 2024.


It’s December and another year is ending. While we’re gearing up for the holidays, it’s also a time to reflect on the year that’s passed. So, how was your energy year?

If you’re not sure, let’s compare. The typical U.S. household spends nearly $1,900 a year on energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Examine your energy bills over the past year. If they’re higher than average, look at your energy-using behaviors.

Common energy-wasting habits

Here are some things people do every day that waste energy. Do they sound familiar?

  • Forgetting to adjust the thermostat to save energy when your house is unoccupied
  • Leaving lights and electronic devices on when they’re not being used
  • Running the dishwasher or clothes washer with only a small number of items
  • Taking long, hot showers and running water while shaving or brushing your teeth
  • Standing in front of an open refrigerator deciding on what to eat
  • Falling asleep in front of the television

Make your New Year more energy efficient

Use these simple, low-cost tips to save energy in 2024 and beyond.

  • Adjust the thermostat to save energy at night or when no one is home. Smart, programmable models make it easy by automatically adjusting temperatures while providing you with remote control.
  • Install energy-efficient LED bulbs throughout your home. They use 75% less energy than conventional bulbs and last longer. Also, hit the OFF switch when you’re the last to leave a room.
  • Plug electronic devices into smart plugs or advanced power strips. They automatically cut power to devices when they’re not in use.
  • Install WaterSense®-labeled low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. They use less water while still providing a comfortable flow. Remember to take shorter showers and turn off the tap.
  • Run your dishwasher and laundry only when you have a full load. If your appliances are older or in need of repair, replace them with ENERGY STAR®-certified products, which use less energy than standard models.

Consider a home energy assessment. A qualified professional will inspect your home and provide you with a set of custom recommendations to reduce your energy bills all year long.