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10 ways to save in 2017

December 28, 2016   By Nicole Aiello in

Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower in winter to save energy and money.

With U.S. shoppers averaging $752 on Christmas gifts this year (, your wallet may be feeling a bit too light these days. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, let’s explore 10 easy ways to save some cash in 2017 by saving energy.

10. LED holiday lights: Now that Christmas is over, everything red and green has been slashed by up to 75 percent. This is the perfect time to replace old bulbs with strings of energy efficient LEDs.

9. Turn off the lights: By turning off the lights, especially those hot spotlights, when you’re not in a room or don’t need them, you can shave a little off your electric bill.

8. Better yet, switch to LEDs:  According to, ENERGY STAR-qualified LEDs use only 20 to 25 percent of the energy of incandescent bulbs and last up to 25 times longer.

7. Install weather strips:  For a few bucks, you can install weather strips around your windows to minimize gaps, reduce heat loss and keep heating costs down to save energy and money.

6. Don’t forget about door sweeps:  Apply door sweeps on exterior doors. In the winter, they minimize gaps and reduce heat loss.

5. Microwave your meals: Microwaves cook food quickly, and the typical model uses as much as 75 percent less energy than a conventional oven. If you do use your oven, quit opening the door to take a sneak peek of the goodies. Use the window to check how things are cooking.

4. Change your filters:  Check your heat pump filters monthly. Dirty filters make heat pumps work harder. Clean filters allow heat pumps to operate more efficiently and save energy.

3. Turn it down: To 68°, that is. We recommend setting your thermostat to 68° or lower in the winter to keep your energy bill down. Still a little chilly? Cuddle up in a blanket and put on those new slippers you got for Christmas before you turn the thermostat up.

2. Add more insulation: Upgrading from three inches of insulation in your attic to 12 inches of insulation can cut heating costs up to 20 percent and cooling costs up to 10 percent.

1. Schedule a Home Checkup: Santee Cooper and EnergyEarth offer a free online Home Checkup you can do yourself at your own pace. It will help you find areas in your home where you can be more energy efficient. We also offer in-person Home Checkups with one of our Energy Advisors.

Learn more about energy savings on our website. Here’s to a fatter wallet in 2017!