Power, water, heating and cooling -- the cost of utilities can add up quickly, and you may be in for a shock when you see the bill. Oftentimes, homeowners don’t realize they’ve used quite so much energy or water until they see the number staring them back in the face. What can you do?
Follow these tips to help you save money on your utility bills at home, without freezing to death or melting in the process!
Compact fluorescent light bulbs or CFLs can save you a considerable amount of money over time, because they can use up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. According to EnergyStar.gov, CFLs last much longer, too. Incandescent bulbs have a lifespan of approximately 750-1,000 hours, while CFLs can last up to 15,000 hours!
Low-flow faucets, showerhead and other fixtures can help you save money on your water bill. They do this without sacrificing water pressure and by installing them, you may save anywhere from 25-60% on your water usage.
Programmable thermostats can save you money over a longer term, and they’re easy to set up and use. By setting your home’s temperature just a few degrees cooler before you leave for work, you can save quite a bit on your power bill over the course of a year. And because the thermostat can be scheduled as to when to lower or raise the temperature, you don’t have to remember it yourself, giving you one less thing to deal with after a long day at work!
Many of the newer appliances available today have “smart technology” built in to do more with less. Even if you have older appliances, you can still turn them into savings machines. For example, let your dishes air-dry rather than using the heat-dry cycle on your dishwasher, or if it’s nice out, consider hanging your close out on a line to dry rather than using a dryer. Small things like this can add up over time!
There are many other tips you can follow to help you save money on your utility bills, such as simply unplugging unused devices and electronics, or contacting your utility company to see if there are any discounts or better pricing involved for taking certain energy or water-saving measures.
Plus, as you continue to take steps toward savings on your utility bills, the habits you start will soon become second nature. Before you know it, you’ll long for line-dried clothes and won’t even miss the heat-dry cycle of your dishwasher. Try out some of these tips today and see how much you could save!