Thursday, December 30, 2010

Set SMART Goals

The Department of Energy's Energy Savers Blog has some great tips on saving money in 2011. Here's an excerpt:

What are your New Year's Resolutions? It's that time again to make your list and decide how January 1st will be the day you start your new and improved life! [end the infomercial voiceover] In all seriousness, it seems that most New Year's Resolutions are abandoned sometime around mid-February, in spite of our best intentions. But it doesn't have to be that way. I know and you know that your resolutions are important, as shown by's list of popular New Year's resolutions.

My guess is that one of the most popular resolutions this year will be to save money. If saving money is one of your resolutions, have you considered working energy into your savings plans? If not, you should! A few simple strategies can help you stay on track to save energy all year long. One great way to set goals that stick is to make them SMART:


Here's how you might set SMART goals to save energy:

Think about exactly how you want to save energy. Is your electric bill too high? Maybe it's your heating bill that's getting you down, or you want to save on fuel and transportation costs. Identifying your specific goal can also help you identify specific strategies for saving. For instance:

* To save electricity, you can read about ways to reduce your electricity use. Maybe you'll decide to change all of your incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or simply to turn off the lights each time you leave a room (make a sign to remind yourself!).
* If you want to save on your heating bill, you might resolve to turn down your thermostat when you're away or asleep. You might even install a programmable thermostat and set it to lower temperatures.
* To save on fuel and transportation costs, maybe you'll make an effort to walk, combine or reduce trips, ride a bicycle, or take public transportation.

You can read more here...

Whatever you resolve to do, MLGW is here to help. Happy New year!

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