Here are seven smart tips to save on utilities:
1. Turn It Down
Turning down the heat in the winter and the air conditioner in the summer is one of the fastest ways to see a significant savings on your electricity bill. For additional savings, be sure to also set the temperature lower while you are away. Likewise, turning down the temperature on your hot water heater can make a significant difference as well. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, reducing your temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees will save at least $2 a month.
2. Turn It Off
Keeping lights and ceiling fans turned off when not in use is one of the best habits you can develop. Just one ceiling fan running constantly will add an extra $7 a month to your electric bill! Develop a “turn it off” rule for all overhead lights, lamps, and appliances. Be sure too to fully turn off electronics that go into “standby” mode such as computers and printers, as they are still drawing electricity in standby mode. Unplugging appliances when not in use can help a lot too.
3. Air Dry
While it might take just a little longer, air-drying your clothes, dishes, and even your hair as often as possible can cut a big chunk out of your power bill each month. Start by changing your dishwasher settings to air dry rather than heat dry, then, whenever possible, line or flat dry your clothes. When you do need to use the dryer, use the auto sensor function to avoid drying longer than possible.
4. Keep It Clean
Be sure to clean your dryer lint screen before each use to help it run more efficiently. Likewise, keep your air filters clean and changed regularly in order to save energy on heating and cooling the house.
5. Check For Leaks
Hidden water leaks can result in abnormally high water bills. If you’re not sure why your bill is so high, do a leak test by checking your water meter right before bedtime and then as soon as you wake up. If the numbers have changed, you may have a leak somewhere.
6. Add Insulation
Poor quality insulation will make your home cold in the wintertime, unbearably hot in the summertime, and can add hundreds of dollars to your utility bills over the course of a year. It is worth the investment to add additional insulation to your attic and walls. Be sure to first eliminate any drafts, as insulation will not stop air flow.
7. Get Efficient
When purchasing new appliances or fixtures, be sure to opt for the most energy efficient styles available. This goes for large appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, washers, and dryers, but also for things like toilets, shower heads, and faucets.
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