January 1, 2023
Each New Year comes with a sort of energy that entices us to start fresh, hence New Year's Resolutions! We feel renewed and excited from the holiday season, ready to make this year “our year”, but often enough people’s resolutions drop mid-to-late January. With just some initial work, energy efficiency measures and sustainability practices can be a new resolution that lasts until the end of 2023 (and beyond).
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT WITH LEDS.
One of the easiest ways you can “go green” is by making the switch to LED lighting. LEDs not only last longer than incandescent (up to 25 times longer, in fact) but they use at least 75% less energy too. Less energy usage = lower utility bills.
Lower utility bills mean more money in your pocket, perfect if one of your resolutions is to “save more money this year”.
For New Jersey business owners, programs like Direct Install can help upgrade your interior and exterior lighting. (Learn more on our Services page).
TAKE IT EASY ON THE GAS.
New Jersey drivers. (Enough said.)
If you’re an aggressive driver, you’re probably very heavy on the pedal. You can end up burning a lot of gas, which can lower your car’s fuel efficiency (and the money in your wallet).
Consider upping your work-from-home days, if possible. Carpool or take public transportation to work. If none of these is an option for you, take it easy on the road by avoiding aggressive driving.
It may be hard to do on NJ’s highways, but we have faith in you.
WATCH YOUR WASH.
Washers and dryers consume a lot of energy – especially when you’re using hot water. Consider switching to cold water when washing your clothes. ENERGY STAR® washers and dryers also use an average of 20 to 25% less energy than conventional products.
CLEAN UP YOUR CLEANING ROUTINE.
Swap out your current cleaning products with eco-friendly ones as part of a new cleaning routine this year. Replace your paper towel method of cleaning with reusable towels. Not only is it safer for your home or office, but also for the environment, and ensures less paper in landfills.
EAT LESS MEAT AND DAIRY.
Did you know that eating fewer meat products is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint? Make a resolution to participate in Meatless Mondays.
GIVE SOME TLC TO YOUR HVAC.
Regularly maintaining your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems will ensure that it's working properly, extends their lifespan, and in the end, save you a lot of energy (and headaches). Remember, less energy usage = lower utility bills.
If your HVAC (especially boilers and chillers) are on the ancient side (say decades old) it’s time to upgrade. (For NJ businesses, we can help. Schedule a free assessment today).
The best resolutions are the kind that is easy to do and low effort.
Happy New Year!