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Kick off 2023 with energy improvements

The new year is a time for new resolutions.

If you’re resolving to save money this year, start with your electric bill. Winter months mean higher energy usage as more time is spent indoors where it is warmer.

By implementing a few small changes around the house, it’s possible to save big on your energy bills in 2023.

  • Heating costs account for nearly 50% of a home’s energy usage. If you keep your thermostat temperature down for more than 8 hours at a time, you can save up to 1% of energy used per degree of reduced temperature.
  • If you have a heat pump, install a smart thermostat. Choose settings that maximize your heat pump and minimize auxiliary heat use. Using auxiliary heat — sometimes called emergency heat on thermostats — is costly to your electric bill.
  • Insulating your water heater can reduce standby heat loss by as much as 45% and save up to 16% on annual water-heating costs. Pre-cut jackets or blankets are inexpensive and available at most home improvement stores or online.
  • Regularly check and replace air filters to help reduce heating costs and improve your system’s performance.
  • Air leakage into the home, such as around plumbing penetrations, top plates, bottom plates, windows and doors, can account for up to 20% of your energy usage. Use caulk, expanding foam and weather stripping to get an airtight seal and prevent heat loss.
  • Space heaters are energy hogs and can present a fire risk in your home. Ditch them if at all possible. Keep warm by wearing extra layers of clothing and using UL-approved electric blankets.

Remember, the less energy you use, the more money you’ll save. For more energy-saving tips, visit or contact NAEC at 870-895-3221 or An energy adviser can offer suggestions. 

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