Three things we can learn about saving energy from Major League Baseball

Forming good habits can help you.

Last week marked a true sign of spring: Major League Baseball’s opening day. Baseball players know that forming good habits is essential to a winning season and like a good baseball team, homeowners can use a few game-winning strategies to save energy on utility bills.

  1. Know your weak spots – Just like a good coach recognizes where a team needs more training, a good homeowner needs to be aware of where a home might be prone to losing at the energy savings game. A good place to find out where your home could improve is by using the ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick. The quick assessment will give you a score and a breakdown of what your home consumes the most energy for, like heating and cooling versus things like appliances, lighting and hot water. 

  2. Be smart with your MVPs – Your home has its own most valuable players. The MVPs in your house are the tactics that can save you the most energy. It varies from home to home, but likely contenders are sealing up the leaks in your home, adding insulation in the attic and installing energy efficient lighting. To find tips on how to up your energy savings game, visit the ENERGY STAR website.

  3. Practice makes perfect – Forming good habits can help you win at saving energy. Set your thermostat as high as you comfortably can in the summer, use a programmable thermostat, replace your air filters and turn off the lights. These and other everyday practices can add up to big savings.

When you implement these simple strategies, you’re sure to see savings this season. Now, pass the peanuts and Cracker Jacks. I’m rooting for the home team.

Information from the Black Hills Energy's Keeping Energy Affordable blog
April 2018