The monthly utility bill can be one the most costly expenditures that homeowners face on a consistent basis. Whether you are a homeowner or renting, there’s a pretty good chance you have to pay a monthly utility bill. Because of this there is an increasing need for everyone in all types of living situations to save money every month by limiting their utility bills. By decreasing this expenditure, a family or an individual can save potentially hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year. Here are some different ways to save energy so you can cut down on your utility costs:
The most direct and simple way to cut your utility bill costs is by using less of those utilities than a person normally would. For example, by using less air conditioning in the summer and by turning the heater down in the winter, a person will be able to save hundreds on electrical bills every year. Here are some tips to help you use less:
Close the Vent
When you are running your AC/Heater, you can save money by closing the vents in rooms you wont be in. Why keep your AC running in a room you never use or walk in? This method helps with efficiency and will save money. When learning how to save energy at home, this is very important.
Turn It Down
Leaving your house for an extended period of time? There is no reason to keep your AC or Heater on full blast when you won’t be home. When you leave the house, turn your thermostat up or down to help you use less. This is one of the best ways to save energy!
Heat/Cool Your Room
Look into power saving fans and mini air conditioners for the summer – instead of cooling the entire house just cool the rooms you are using, and use space heaters for the winter – again, only heating the room(s) you are using at the time.
Simple conservation efforts can be taken elsewhere in the home that will provide a home with the utility saving practices that are desired. Some of these practices include switching off appliances while they are not in use, turning off the water while brushing one’s teeth and making sure the lights in unused rooms are switched off. Saving energy every day by practicing these habits will add up over time and save you a significant amount of money on utility bills. Here are some Turn-It-Off habits you can start utilizing in order to save money on utilities:
- Turn the water off while brushing teeth
- Turn the water off while shampooing and conditioning hair
- Brush teeth while in the shower
- Keep your freezer full – it uses less energy than an empty freezer
- Wash and dry several loads at once
- Hang dry clothing more often
- Turn off kitchen and bath fans when not in use
- Turn lights off after use
When all else fails just remember what your mother used to say, “We don’t want to waste electricity, turn the light off!” See, all along your mother was teaching you how to save energy at home.
Here are some specific tips on cooling your house:
- Close doors and windows when the AC is on
- Clean your AC’s air filters about once every month
- Use shades, blinds, and drapes to block out the sun
- Keep the hot air outside by insulating your walls
- Close unused air vents, this means closing the vents in rooms you’re not using
- Use ceiling fans, they only use as much electricity as a light bulb
- Use a programmable thermostat to adjust your temperature during the day
Hire a Professional
For those who wish to save even more money and be cost effective in their utility spending, consider hiring an energy company professional to perform an energy audit on your home. An energy audit will find ways specific to your home that will not only save energy but make energy use in your home more effective.
We hope you have enjoyed these tips and different ways to save energy. Thanks for reading!