National Cut Your Energy Costs Day: It’s real day — and here are 6 real solutions

PSE&G aims to help customers reduce energy use, minimize carbon footprint and save on energy bills in new year and beyond

Tuesday is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. (Who knew? We didn’t until yesterday.)

Proponents (and we’re not sure there is anyone against it) said National Cut Your Energy Costs Day encourages consumers to explore energy-saving opportunities. (Sounds good, but how?)

Public Service Electric & Gas officials said the company has a number of energy efficiency cost-saving programs and products to both residential and business customers. Its home energy assessment program provides residential customers the opportunity to complete an energy assessment to learn how their household uses energy and receive personalized recommendations to make their home more energy efficient.

In addition, it said customers can resolve to save energy this year by investing in energy-efficient appliances and energy-efficient products such as smart thermostats, lighting, power strips, water fixtures and more via the PSE&G Marketplace, where they can receive instant rebates and discounts on products that will ultimately help lower their energy use and save money.

In September 2020, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved PSE&G’s Clean Energy Future Energy Efficiency Program, clearing the way for PSE&G to commit $1 billion toward energy efficiency over three years. It is the largest commitment to energy efficiency in New Jersey history and includes 10 programs tailored to help residential and commercial customers reduce their energy use with energy-efficient equipment, technologies and strategies.

Here are six other tips that can help you save money and energy Tuesday (and every other day of the year):

  • Invest in your home’s energy efficiency: Want to improve your home’s energy efficiency and lower your energy costs? PSE&G said it offers a variety of rebates and discounts to help you use less and save more with energy-efficient appliances and products. There are rebates on high-efficiency ENERGY STAR models, too.
  • Seal up and save: It is estimated that the average U.S. homeowner can save 15% on heating and cooling costs by air sealing their home, as well as adding insulation in attics, floors and over crawl spaces, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Use weather stripping or caulk to seal cracks and prevent drafts in windows and doorframes, and don’t forget to install draft guards beneath doors.
  • Choose a PSE&G home assessment: PSE&G offers a variety of energy efficiency assessments. The assessments provide energy-saving measures, products and expert guidance to residential customers. Click here to see options.
  • Replace air filters regularly: Clogged and dirty filters can reduce the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with high-efficiency LEDs: LEDs use 90% less energy than conventional bulbs and last at least 15 times longer.
  • Adjust the thermostat: Smart thermostat models include advanced features, such as remote control. Click here to learn more about potential discounts on smart thermostats and other products to save energy.