In today’s economy, people are looking everywhere to save money. I have bought a new larger capacity washer and dryer that is more energy efficient. We went from doing at least 1 load of laundry a day to 2-3 loads per week and we have seen a difference on our bills. The kids are getting better about turning off lights when they leave a room. We are working on Caitlin to cut down on her 40 minute showers to a more reasonable amount of time. I wanted to find some other ways we could save money that we could do without a lot of money or rigmarole to do so. Here are some tips I found that I thought were helpful:
- Filters: If you get in the habit of replacing the filters in your house you will save money. Recently, our HVAC was not working properly, so I had to have a repairman come to the house. It turned out the filter was dirty and was impeding the air flow and it was in need of being replaced.
- Windows: Windows are a source of heat loss as well as a source of heat. During the warm weather months, close your blinds and curtains to keep your rooms cooler. During the winter months, make sure the windows are sealed so the heat is not escaping.
- Thermostat:If you keep your heat at 72 and your air at 68, you can save hundreds on your electric bill each year. This is an easy fix that many people forget to do.
- Appliances: When you are not using appliances, charges and other devices that plug into the electrical outlet, unplug them. Even if you are not using an item that is plugged in, it will still use electricity while it is idle.
- Reusable Products:Whenever possible, find products that can be reused or recharged so you can save money on replacements. One of the big areas we waste a lot of money is on batteries. The kids controllers eat up a lot of batteries, so we probably go through 10-15 a week and at $12 for a pack of 16, that can really add up. While I was looking for an alternative to buying so many batteries, I came across a great online store that is big on green and eco-friendly products to make your life more sustainable. Our Green Home has a wide array of products for your home that can save you money as well as save our planet.
Tips To Save Money On Electricity
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