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Easy Tips to Save on Gas and Electricity Bills
Your Guide to Cheap Utility Bills
Whether you're strapped for cash or simply want a little more spending money, you can stand to benefit from cutting down your gas and electricity bills. Here's a guide to lowering your consumption of gas, water, and electricity (without giving up creature comforts) that will help you spend less on a month-to-moth basis.
The added benefit of adhering to any or all of these money-saving tips is that you'll be able to help out the environment and conserve natural resources while you're at it!
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How to save on your electricity bill
Here are some easy easy ways to reduce your electricity bill:
- Always turn lights off when you leave a room - You don't need the light, so why leave it on?
- Unplug devices when they are not in use - DId you know that devices can continue to suck energy even when they're not being utilized? To prevent this from happening, unplug things when you're not using them.
- Get a power strip that shut off when devices are not in use or are fully charged - These devices have become extremely reasonable in price and are more sophisticated than ever. The Smart Strip LCG5 to the right is a good example.
- Consider installing motion sensors for outdoor lights - In the winter months, wen it gets dark early, it is certainly nice to have a light at your porch or the side of you house to spare you the pleasures of tripping over rogue lawn mowers and walking through occupied spider webs. Installing outdoor motion sensors will allow you to enjoy the pleasure of walking around your house amidst light while also saving electricity.
- Consider installing solar-powered outdoor lighting - It's lower in price and more durable than ever before, plus the designs look great!
How to save on your water bill
It's not so hard to cut monthly water expenses - here's how:
- Use your dish washer - Generally speaking, dishwashers are more efficient at washing dishes than humans are (though according to international studies, this can vary by nationality. Fascinating, no?)
- If washing dishes by hand, use a soapy tub - Fill a tub with warm, soapy water and wash your dishes in there instead of leaving the faucet continuously running. You can even use wastewater from pasta for a base, simply adding soap to make it sudsy.
- Don't leave the water running - 2uesday points out in the Comments that you can also save water by turning it off while brushing your teeth (a lot of people leave it running). This same pearl of wisdom can be applied to rinsing dishes (only turn the water on when a dish is under the faucet) and other sink-related activities.
- Only run water in your shower when rinsing - When you shower, initially run water to get your body and hair wet, then shut it off to apply shampoo and suds up. Turn the hot water back on to rinse out shampoo for the conditioner stage, but turn it back off. There are two additional benefits to this: (1) Reducing the amount of steam and hot water on your skin will help keep your skin from drying out, and (2) a recent study indicated that rapidly switching the body from hot to cold temperatures can help boost your immune system.
I'm rather fond of this electric kettle - it's different from most because it's glass and you can see inside!
How to reduce your monthly gas bill
Natural gas bills can run high, especially in the winter or if you cook and bake a lot. Here are some ways you can cut back:
- Use an electric kettle to boil water instead of heating water on a gas stove - it's more efficient!
And with regard to heating...
- Winter-proof your home - Often, we spend a lot of energy heating a house only to let that heat seep out through poorly sealed doors and windows. Before the colder months roll around, assess the key energy zappers in your house (windows, doors, and your roof) and consider adopting measures that will better insulate your home.
- Turn the heat down when you leave - Your home doesn't always have to be a balmy 72 degrees - turn the heat down when you leave, or set it on an automatic timer so that you're not blasting heat while nobody is home.
- Go with a lower baseline temperature - People can easily adjust to a baseline temperature that is slightly below that which they are used to after about seven days. If you usually have your thermostat set to 75 degrees, bring it down to 72. It might feel a bit chilly for the first week or two, but eventually you'll adjust, and save money in the long-term.
- Avoid heating the whole house - If you're only home for a little while, it might not be worth it to turn on the heat in your entire house. Consider getting an efficient area heater that you can move from room to room to keep you warm if you're only around for a couple of hours - this will spare you the expense and energy needed to heat an entire house.
- Bundle up - You know, you don't have to use heating at all. If you live in a temperate enough climate, you just might be able to get by with some heavier sweaters. Living in a colder house need not be uncomfortable if you have nice comfy bathrobes and the like to keep you warm.
Stove / Oven-Specific Tips
These energy-reducing tips can be applied to both a gas or an electric stove/oven
- Use less units on your gas stove - Buy a triple boiler (a pan with a built in steamer and intermediary level) that allows you to simultaneously cook grain (e.g. rice, pasta, bulgur, etc...), steam vegetables, and heat sauces. This will allow you to leave two units- which would otherwise be blaring away- off!
- Bake in batches - If you bake a lot, consider baking things all in one day, so that you don't expend a lot of energy pre-heating an oven over and over.
- No peeking! - When baking, don't continuously open the oven to check what's inside. This wastes energy and also can prolong cooking time or negatively effect the baking process of your food.