January 10 is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day!
How can we cut our energy consumption and costs in hair care? The great news is, if you’re already using Cote Hair products, you’re already contributing (I’ll explain in a sec).
Whether you’re using Cote Hair products or not, keep reading for some tips to take action in 2019 to cut your energy costs through hair care!
How Cote Hair Cuts Energy Consumption
From the point of manufacturing until the time it reaches you, every part of Cote Hair’s supply chain utilizes thoughtful efforts to minimize our impact on the on the earth.
- The manufacturing facility where Cote Hair products are made is solar powered, reducing energy costs by 50%.
- The square bottles Cote Hair products come in are unique, and also use 27% less space than round bottles when packaging and shipping, reducing the space needed and minimizing the energy and resources required to deliver the product.
If you have purchased Cote Hair products before, these are just a few ways your purchase helped the environment, so GO YOU!
To learn about how Cote helps the rain forest by planting trees, and how that effort has provided enough oxygen for 6,250 people for a year, check out this post. Thank you for your support!
Tips and Tricks to Help YOU Cut Energy Costs in Your Salon and Home Through Hair Care
1. UNPLUG THAT HAIR DRYER (and all tools, really)
Any tool plugged in is using power. Be sure to unplug tools when they are not in use to save energy, and save on your power bill. (Easy hack: Use a power strip for all your tools, then where you’re finished at the end of the day, flip that power strip switch off!)
2. LET IT AIR DRY
Encourage your clients to embrace their natural texture by allowing their hair to air dry more often. That will save on your salon’s energy consumption by not needing to dry someone’s hair, and it saves on your clients’ energy consumption at home too!
3. UNPLUG CELL PHONE CHARGERS
While a cell phone charger is plugged in and not actually charging your phone, it’s still using electricity. To help conserve energy, unplug it when you’re not using it.
4. OUTFIT YOUR SALON WITH LED LIGHT BULBS (and your bathroom at home too!)
According to Energy.gov, “Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today's electricity prices.”
BONUS: LED light bulbs emit very little heat compared with incandescent light bulbs that release 90% of their energy as heat (ick!), so you’ll be lowering your air conditioning use, as well.
5. TURN DOWN THE HEAT
Energy.gov also shares that turning down your water heater just a little from 140F to 120F can not only save you from scalding yourself and anyone washing their hair, but it can also save you MORE THAN $400 annually in energy costs!!
6. WARM IT UP
I’m talking about air temperature this time. Air conditioning systems cost U.S. residents more than $29 billion per year. When it’s nice outside, open your doors and windows to allow for some fresh air. Additionally, you can put some sunshades or heat-repelling tint (which comes in clear and doesn’t make it dark inside) on your windows to cut back on your need to run the a/c.
7. PICK UP THE PHONE
Most energy providers have cost-saving initiatives in place. First, call your local energy provider and find out how much power you’ve been using (or log in online), and then ask them if they have any programs that will help save your power use and save on the money you spend on power.
That’s what I’ve got for you! Now go out into 2019 and cut your energy use. It’s good for your wallet. It’s good for the planet.
HAPPY NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY!