January is a time for new beginnings and we see many people vowing to stick to the resolutions they have made. For my family, we want to find new ways to improve our lives financially. Currently, we are working on saving money in the home, and I found some great ideas to help save money on your energy bill.
Cost Effective Energy Saving Tips For The Home
- Check Your Weather Striping: Weather stripping around the outer doors of your home can save a lot! My back door had a 1/4 inch gap I kept neglecting, and it was letting out so much heat. Once we put proper stripping on the frame, it sealed the opening. We noticed a big reduction on our utility bill.
- Maintain Your Fireplaces: Your money can literally go through the chimney if it is not maintained properly. When the damper is open, the fireplace is not in use, you can keep up to 20% of the warm air inside where it belongs.
- Keep Your Thermostat At A Reasonable Temperature: If you keep your thermostat at 70 degrees or below, it will have a huge impact on your utility bill. For every degree you put your thermostat over 70 degrees, you raise your electric bill by 7-10 percent. This translates to a total average savings of over $200 per year, depending on your current monthly bill. Set your water thermostat to 120 degrees, but no more than 140 to save even more on your bill.
- Oven Tips: If you turn the heat off on your oven 15 minutes before your meal will be done cooking, the temperature will stay hot long enough to finish cooking. Just do not open the door! Also, using the microwave cuts your energy bill by 25% when compared to using your conventional oven. For the stove top, if you cut the temperature down to simmer once something boils, the heat inside the pot maintains to complete the cooking as well.
- Use Your Dishwashers And Washing Machines Properly: Make sure you are washing a full load. It takes the same amount of energy and water no matter how little or full the load is. Using the dishwasher versus washing by hand saves an average of 5 gallons of water per load. When you wash clothing on cold water, it costs about 1.5 cents per load. When you use hot water, it costs an average of 38 cents per load. This can add up on your bill very quickly.
- Turn out the Lights: We all know turning a light off every time you leave the room saves money. Although it is actually a fraction of one penny, when you do it several times a day, it adds up to bigger savings than you may realize. When you are away, you can use a timer for your lights to be on at night and go off in the morning. In my house, I use the AUTOCHRON Programmable Wall Switch Timer from ShopWithEase.com.
I liked the AUTOCHRON Programmable Wall Switch Timer, which sells for $30 because it took about a minute to install and program and is super easy to use. My husband works nights, so I like to have the lights on until he gets home, but sometimes he is too tired to turn them off. I have my timer scheduled to go off an hour after he gets home and I do not worry about wasting electricity. For the car, I also have the extremely handy Porta-Jump Emergency Jump Starter for the car, which sells for $30 as well. This is a super handy tool for the car, especially during these frigid winter months!
I love it when saving money can be so easy! Which of these tips, or do you have another tip, do you find helpful in cutting energy costs in your home? One USA reader will win one Porta-Jump Emergency Jump Starter $30