With only a few simple changes, you can start saving money now.
Everyone is looking for ways to save money. But when it comes to utilities, some things are just necessary expenses. However, there are many simple ways to lower these charges, making the most of your money. The list below includes many ideas of how to save on your utility bills. Many are inexpensive, or simply require a change in habit. Start by choosing a few, and see how much money you can save!
Saving on Heating and Air Conditioning
- Replace the insulation: by replacing any damaged insulation around exterior doors, air won’t be able to leak out.
- Caulk all cracks: Check the seals around windows and doors, filling any cracks. This is also to prevent air from leaking out.
- Turn down the thermostat: by turning the temperature to a lower but still comfortable setting, you can stay warm at a lower price.
- Change filters regularly: By changing the filters regularly, the heating system will maintain temperature levels without using as much energy.
- Use the windows: By opening windows to keep the house cool in summer, and keeping them closed in winter, the outside air will help maintain comfortable temperatures, instead of the heating/cooling system.
- Keep the vents open: by closing air vents, your system will work harder to maintain temperatures. Opening them will allow air to freely move throughout the house.
- Insulate the ceiling: warm air can escape through the ceiling, so insulation will keep it circulating inside.
- Tune up the heating system: although it costs money for a tune up, this will allow your system to run more smoothly, saving money in the long run.
- Use fans: by using fans instead of the AC, your system won’t use nearly as much energy to keep the house cool.
- Direct hot air outside: by placing a fan near an open window, hot air will be directed outside, cooling the room in the process.
- Close the chimney: by closing the flue, warm air won’t be able to escape outside, which will allow your system to maintain temperatures much easier.
- Buy a programmable thermostat: if you don’t already have one, a programmable thermostat will enable temperature control. This will allow you to set and hold the temperature at any level you need.
- Turn off the AC system while not home: when you are not home, your AC system shouldn’t be running. Its purpose is to keep you cool, but if you aren’t there to enjoy it, it doesn’t need to be using any energy.
- Use the blinds: direct sunlight will warm the house, so by blocking it or welcoming it inside, you can control if it heats the room.
Saving on the Water Bill
- Fill the dishwasher all the way: waiting for a full load instead of running half loads will save water and energy.
- Repair leaking faucets: by fixing leaks, you could potentially be saving hundreds of gallons of water.
- Take shorter showers: by taking shorter showers, you can save on both your water and water heating bills.
- Take showers, not baths: a shower uses less water than a bath; so again, you can save on both the water and water heating bills.
- Fill the washing machine: waiting for a full load instead of running smaller loads will save both water and energy.
- Turn off the water: while shaving or brushing your teeth, turn off the water.
- Use the dishwasher: instead of washing dishes by hand, use the dishwasher. It uses less water.
- Plug the sink: while scrubbing dishes off, don’t let the water run. Plug the sink and use a small amount of water instead.
- Shorten watering cycles: while watering your yard or garden, shorten your watering cycles.
Saving on the Electrical Bill
- Unplug: when not in use, unplug appliances and electronics. They draw energy, even when not switched on.
- Change the light bulbs: by using power saving florescent bulbs, less energy will be used to light the room.
- Do laundry and baking at night: power companies lower their rates in the evening, so it is cheaper and more economical to run appliances at night.
- Clean the condenser coil: clearing the dust from the coil will allow the fridge to cool itself without using as much energy.
- Use a clothesline: instead of using the dryer, use a clothesline or a drying rack. This will also help your clothes last longer, as the dryer can both shrink them, and wear them down.
- Check the seals on the fridge: ensuring that it is properly sealed will prevent the cool air from leaking out.
- Keep the fridge door closed: don’t keep the door open for longer than it needs to be. Know what you are getting before looking inside.
- Choose appliances wisely: some appliances and brands can use more energy than others.
- Use smaller appliances: when possible, use a smaller appliance, as they use less energy. For example, a microwave uses less power than an oven.
- Check the fridge temperature: checking that the temperatures of the fridge and freezer are set correctly will save energy, and keep your food from going bad.
- Placement of the fridge: make sure that the fridge is not in direct sunlight, and do not place it next to a heat source, like the oven.
- Clean the lint trap in the dryer: while also a safety precaution, a clean lint trap allows the dryer to run without using as much energy.
- Turn off the lights: when leaving a room, turn off the light. It doesn’t need to be using energy if you aren’t in the room.
- Cover liquids/leftovers in the fridge: if left uncovered, moisture will be released inside the fridge compartment, making the compressor work harder.
- Cool down food: allow foods to cool before placing in the fridge, so that energy isn’t wasted cooling it down inside.
- Turn down the water heater: If you are leaving the house for an extended time, turn the water heater to its lowest setting.
- Turn off the heat dry setting on the dishwasher: the heat dry setting uses unnecessary energy to dry the dishes. By simply opening the dishwasher and allowing it to cool and air dry instead, you can save energy.
Additional Options to cut utility costs
- Solar power: by installing a solar power system, you can both use and save power. Some power companies even allow you to sell excess energy to them, saving you extra money in the process.
- Check the bill for accuracy: Finally, one thing you can always do to save money is check the bill. If the bill has any extra charges, you can catch them and notify the company of the error.
Start Saving Now
There are many things a homeowner can do to save money on their utility bills. The list above includes many ideas, and each of them can make a difference. By using only a few of these suggestions, you can save money each month. Try them out, and see how much money you can save!