How To Reduce Your Utility Costs


In recent years, the term ‘going green’ has been thrown around a lot. We are told to adjust our energy habits to help save the environment. That is great, but modifying your energy habits can also save you a lot of money. There are a wide range of things you can do to help reduce the cost of your utility bill. Here are some tips to make that bill lower every month.

One easy thing to do is replace your light bulbs with fluorescent light bulbs. These light bulbs last a lot longer and save a small amount of money on your utility bill. The difference might not seem like much at first, but it adds up a lot over time. Turn off your lights when you are using them as well to help save even more money.

One thing to keep in mind is that appliances consume energy even when they are shut off. The only way to stop them from consuming energy is to unplug them. Of course, no one wants to walk around unplugging appliances every day. What you can do instead is purchase a power strip and use that to plug in your appliances. All you need to do is switch off the power strip, and your appliances will stop consuming energy. This will reduce your utility bill almost immediately.

One of the biggest utility costs is your heating and air conditioner. A single degree on your thermostat can translate to a lot of money on your utility bill. If the weather is not too hot during the summer, shut off your air conditioner and open the windows. If it is hot, set your thermostat at 75 or 76. That will save a lot of money compared to keeping the thermostat at 70. Similarly, when it comes time to turn on the heat, keep the thermostat around 68 or 70. This will provide enough warmth and save you a lot of money on your bill. Again, if the weather outside is comfortable enough, turn off the heat. Along the same lines, make sure all of your doors and windows are insulated. If you are letting heat or air out, you are wasting money.

Other ways to save money involve common sense. If you don’t need something on, don’t turn it on. If you are reading, there is no sense to have the television on in the background. Don’t leave lights on all around the house. Combine loads of laundry to minimize the amount of times you run the washer and dryer. All of these habits will help save you money on your bill.

If you are looking for more drastic ways to save money, you might want to consider switching to solar power. This could seem daunting at first, but in the long run will save you a lot of money. Installing solar panels can cost a lot of money, but many states offer rebates and tax breaks that help curb the costs of installing the panels. Once you have the solar panels installed, your energy costs will be reduced drastically. You might be spending less than twenty dollars a month on your utility bill. That is a huge difference. Once installed, solar panels are durable and efficient so that you don’t have to worry about them too much.

Lastly, read magazines and internet articles for other saving tips. People have new ideas every day on ways to conserve energy and save money. Many power companies also have tools that let you see exactly how much money changing your habits can save. Take advantage of those to see the amount of money you can save.

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jason – who has written posts on Budget Clowns.
Father of three and married to a lovely women. Always looking for ways to save money, and invest it properly for my children's future.

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