Remember when you lived at home and your parents were always reminding you to turn off the light when you left a room or asking you to not run the water while you were brushing your teeth? At the time, you probably just thought they were on your case for the sake of being on your case and you probably didn’t realize that what they were really asking you to do is help them save a boat load of money on the utility bills.
If you really think about it, it’s pretty amazing how much energy we waste each day. Since you have to pay for all of the energy you consume (not necessary the energy you put to productive use) it’s probably in your best interest to save as much energy as possible.
Below are some very simple ways you can reduce your utility bills and save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars each year:
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
- Don’t have the TV or radio on for the sake of having background music.
- Does your computer have to be on all day? Turn it off when not in use.
- Turn off ceiling fans / regular fans when you leave a room.
- Air dry clothes whenever possible.
- Use a programmable thermostat.
- If you’re going to be out of the house, raise the air conditioning temperature or lower the heat.
- Replace your furnace’s air filter every month. This will help your air system operate more efficiently.
- Use fans to help circulate cool and space heaters to warm specific rooms, but remember to turn these items off when you leave the room.
- Take showers, not baths.
- Set the hot water thermostat to no more than 115 degrees.
- Only do full loads of laundry, and always use cold water.
- Only run the dishwasher when you have a full load.
This should be a pretty good list to get you started in regards to simple ways to save money around the house. You’re utilities are probably always going to be expensive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to cut some costs when possible!