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How to Save Money On Your Water and Heating Bills This Winter

Updated on January 3, 2012

As promised, here are more tips from my time in the Weatherization Department. When I worked for my city, part of my job was to visit families struggling to keep up with their energy bills in the winter and educate them on how to "weatherize" their home. The tips on these hubs were collecting from my education materials from that time. Now, if you're wonderful at being frugal, you might roll your eyes that I would even suggest these things, but you'd be surprised at how many people I saw that didn't even think of these small details! I hope you find some useful information on saving money on your heating and water bill here!

Fix a leaky faucet and save money
Fix a leaky faucet and save money | Source


Sorry about the title all in caps...I know, that is really rude, but I'm making a point! When I worked in the housing department at my former job, there were few things that drove me crazier during inspection time than a leaky faucet. I can't tell you how many times I've lectured residents on the importance of conserving water and how much money that could save them.

It is just common sense, but sometimes we get busy, forgetful, or lazy, and we need that extra push to go ahead and fix the leak. So, here's your push! Fix the leaky faucet or pipe immediately-- A slow, steady drip can waste gallons of water per month, and can drive up your water heating bill as well.

2. Take short showers instead of baths.

It is with a heavy heart that I write this, but sadly, I must. I am a hot water lover. Maybe I was Japanese in a past life, but I have always loved sinking into a steaming hot bath or hot tub. There is nothing quite like it. I've also always enjoyed a long, hot shower. When I was a teenager, my parents devised a system to cure me of my vice. If I kept my showers under five minutes all week, they let me stay out with my friends for an hour past curfew that weekend. Their little plan worked, and I started timing myself so I wouldn't go past five minutes. If your kids also take absurdly long showers, you might want to consider giving them some sort of reward to encourage them to waste less water.

The average person uses about half as much hot water in a shower as they do in the bath tub. I know that hot baths are relaxing and wonderful, but it really can be an expensive habit. If you're doing it for cleanliness, a shower is your best bet. If you're doing it for fun, consider jumping in the jacuzzi at the gym or cutting it back to once or twice a month. Encourage your family members to take showers as well.

3. Turn off running water...

How to not let your faucet run:
-Turn off running water in the shower while you shave and soap up.

-Don't let it run while you brush your teeth, and instead of slurping running water from the faucet to rinse toothpaste out of your mouth, fill a little cup and shut off the faucet.

-When you're doing your dishes, fill the larget pot, bowl, or a dishpan with rinse water instead of letting the faucet run while you hand scrub every dish.

4. Use cold water whenever you can.

Using cold water whenever possible will save you a lot of energy. Set the washing machine on "Cold", and run the faucet cold when you're operating your garbage disposal. Not only does this conserve energy, but it solidifies the grease, allowing it to be ground up and flushed away much more efficiently.

Save the hot bath for your next trip to Japan.
Save the hot bath for your next trip to Japan. | Source


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      Stephanie Das 6 years ago from Miami, US

      @Cardisa- You're absolutely right, these tips aren't just for winter time. I'm glad that you find them useful in the Caribbean!

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      These are tips not only for the winter but every day savings. Some people run the shower while they lather or run the tap while they brush their teethe, they can save a few dollars if the stop the shower or the tap until they are ready to rinse.

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      Stephanie Das 6 years ago from Miami, US

      @Hui- Thank you for reading them and for the nice comment! I also think its important to save energy in order to reduce harm to the environment. Even if I had all the money in the world, I would invest in green energy to heat my house so I could be comfortable without so much pollution.

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      Hui (蕙) 6 years ago

      All these tips are not only for saving money, but for saving energy. Great!

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      Stephanie Das 6 years ago from Miami, US

      Thanks for the comment and the vote, Millionaire Tips!

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      These are great tips Stephanie. Voted up.

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      Stephanie Das 6 years ago from Miami, US

      Thank you, Prasetio, I'm glad you found this hub to be informative!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. Your tips are good for us. I am glad to follow your advice. Thank you very much. Rated up!