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

Forming good habits can help you win at saving energy.

Key Points

  • It’s officially baseball season.
  • Like a good team, we can use winning strategies to save money at home.
  • Know your weak spots, be smart with your home’s MVPs, and practice good energy savings tactics.

Last week marked a true sign of spring: Major League Baseball’s opening day. The national past time can teach us all a few game-winning strategies to save some money on our utility bills.

  1. Know your weak spots – Just like a good coach knows where more training is needed on the team, 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 on what your home consumes the most energy for, like heating and cooling versus things like appliances, lighting and hot water. Check it out here.
  2. Be smart with your MVPs – Your home has its own Paul Goldschmidts and Mike Trouts (confession: I had to Google “2018 MLB MVP predictions” and have no idea who either of those guys are, but I like pretending like I do). The most valuable players in your house are the tactics that can save you the most energy. It varies from home to home, but likely contenders for the title are sealing up the leaks in your home, adding insulation in the attic and installing energy efficient lighting. Here’s a good place to find tips to up your energy savings game at home.
  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 every day practices can add up to big savings. Find more simple ways to save this spring and summer here.

Now pass the peanuts and Cracker Jacks. I’m rooting for the home team.


Sarah FolslandSarah is mom to the two cutest little girls in the entire world. Before choosing to make changing diapers and reading bed time stories her full time gig, she earned an M.A. in Political Science from The University of South Dakota, worked in the Governor’s Office as a policy analyst and dabbled in communications at her local utility. Follow Sarah on Twitter @EnergyMommy.

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