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Is your utility bill through the roof every month or are you just looking for some ways to save a little money? Cutting back on your utility bill isn’t nearly as hard as you may think. Check out these 7 suggestions and do something fun with that extra money instead.
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Seal windows and doors
When my husband and I were dating, he lived in a cute but older house. What I remember most was that when I sat on the couch in the winter, I could feel cold air coming right though the closed window. Sometimes I would even check to be sure it wasn’t open just a crack but no, it just wasn’t sealed well at all. I didn’t think about it then but I’ll be my hubby wasted a lot of extra money on utilities because of this. Those drafts can cost you money so make sure those windows and doors are sealed well!
Don’t overdo the heat & air
You can also save some extra money on your bill by turning down the heat in winter & turning up the air conditioning in summer. Buy yourself a programmable thermostat and you can just set it and forget it.
Set the water heater to 120°
This can be a big energy expense, especially if you have a large family. Keeping the water heater set to 120° will help…so will showers instead of baths and depending on your mood, showering together!
Turn off the lights
Before I became more budget conscious, my hubby nicknamed me “Lisa leave the light on”. It used to drive him crazy that I never turned off the lights when I left a room and he’d follow me around, turning them off behind me. Although I’ve changed my energy wasting ways, now I find myself chasing after my own daughters, trying to teach them about those amazing inventions called light switches. I guess that’s what you’d call payback, right?
Fill that dishwasher (and don’t rinse beforehand)
I know it’s tempting but don’t run that dishwasher until it’s completely full. There’s also no need to rinse ahead of time. Dishwashers are made so well now that it’ll all be taken care of in the regular cycle.
Cook more meals on the stove instead of the oven
It’s more energy efficient to leave that oven turned off and cook on the stovetop. You’ll save even more if you pull out the crockpot from time to time. However, the oven does have an advantage in winter because helps warm up the kitchen and adjacent rooms.
Buy ENERGY STAR® appliances and equipment
ENERGY STAR certified products will not only save you money on your utility bill but since they use less energy, they’re better for the environment. Though they’re less expensive to operate, you won’t be sacrificing performance. We bought an ENERGY STAR dryer from Best Buy and one of my favorite features is the moisture sensor. It automatically senses when the clothes are dry and shuts itself off. My old dryer used to run on and on, which not only used a ton of energy but was terrible for our clothes. With these dryers you get the added bonus of them being more gentle on your clothing. Another feature I really love is the steam cycle. I don’t know about you but I will do anything I can to get out of ironing clothes!
ENERGY STAR dryers use 20% less energy than standard models and are even more efficient in sleep and idle modes. Want a bonus tip? Wash your clothes in cold water instead of hot to use even less energy.
I already knew that you could save money buying energy saving appliances for the kitchen and laundry room but had no idea audio equipment and sound bars could be up to 50% more energy efficient too…shows you what I know! If you bundle your TVs, sound bars and other products, you’ll save even more.
Check out these stats:
Best Buy has committed themselves to selling sustainable products and in 2015 sold enough ENERGY STAR certified products to power over 70 thousand households for a year. They also sold so many ENERGY STAR certified audio equipment and sound bars that they prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing over 2,000 cars from the road for a year.
So while ENERGY STAR products will save you money, the bonus is that by using less energy you’re helping the environment too. You can check out this video to learn more.