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Save Money: How to Save on Utility Bills – Water and Electricity

Updated on August 23, 2013


Saving money on utilities is one expense you can control. By following these simple tips and suggestions you can greatly lower your utility bills. This Hubpage goes over the different aspects of utility bills and the different ways we use up utilities. You can save over $100.00 by just following some of this advice. With gas and food prices rising every day, it is great to have a bill you actually have control over.


Quick Tips

 
Unplug Surge Protectors
Turn Off Lights
Turn the Air Up or Down Depending on the Season
Take Short Showers
Fill the Fridge
Run a Full Load of Dishes and Laundry

Utility Companies


Your local utility company may offer energy audits for free. They should have free information pamphlets on energy saving tips. Often these come with your monthly bill. Contact your utility company to find out when the off-peak hours are. Then make sure you run major appliances during those times.


Lights


Use fluorescent, low-powered, or halogen bulbs when you can. Be certain that you turn off all lights when you are not using them. When purchasing light bulbs and other appliances, choose ones that are energy efficient. Use low-wattage light bulbs or energy efficient fluorescent lightning. When cleaning, dust off light bulbs and fixtures to improve light output.


Halogen Light Bulbs

(6 pcs) 50PAR20/NFL 50W PAR20 Narrow Flood Halogen 120V Light Bulbs
(6 pcs) 50PAR20/NFL 50W PAR20 Narrow Flood Halogen 120V Light Bulbs

6 bulbs. 50 Watt bulbs. Halogen narrow flood reflector. Outdoor and Indoor Use. Triangle shape.

 


Take the light bulb out of your microwave. Remove one of the light bulbs from your garage. Use motion detector or photo-sensitive outdoor lights. Go to bed at a decent hour to save on lighting. Paint rooms in light, bright colors, and you will need less light. Take Christmas lights down promptly after the holidays. During the holiday, leave them on during the evening for only six hours.


Motion Detector Outdoor Light

Sunforce 82156 60-LED Solar Motion Light
Sunforce 82156 60-LED Solar Motion Light

Provide lighting and security to your garage, pathway, shed or remote cottage anywhere, anytime. Use the power of the sun to light dark areas and add extra security with the Sunforce 60 LED Solar Motion Security Light. This light automatically turns on when motion is detected, making it the perfect solar security solution. This security light comes equipped with 60 super-bright LEDs in a durable ABS plastic and aluminum housing. The 1-watt, 6-volt amorphous solar panel charges an AA 5-Pack NiMH 6V 900mAh of rechargeable batteries, ensuring reliable lighting power for whenever, wherever you need it.

 

Windows and Doors


Make sure you do not have any window air leaks. If you do, repair them immediately. If you can, install double-pane windows in your house. Apply weather stripping everywhere you can. Caulk or foam insulates any place where outside air has a chance to get in.


Weather Stripping

M-D Building Products 1025 All-Climate Auto and Marine 17-Feet Weather Seal Strip, Black
M-D Building Products 1025 All-Climate Auto and Marine 17-Feet Weather Seal Strip, Black

This quality 100% EPDM cellular rubber weatherseals is made from the same material used in factory installed automotive weatherseals and gaskets. A high performance material with longer durability and higher strength adhesive than typical sponge rubber foam tapes. Remains durable and flexible in down to -40°F and up to 140°F. Guaranteed to remain flexible for 10 years.

 


Close off doors and windows for rooms, closets, and bathrooms that are not in use. Close the vents in those rooms so that no air is going in there and being wasted. Keep main doors and windows closed as much as possible. This includes overhead doors on attached garages.


Water


Do not leave the water running when you are brushing your teeth, shaving, or hand washing dishes. Make sure you have no dripping faucets. When using cold water, make sure you have it all the way to the cold side so your heater doesn’t fire up. Insulate your water heater.



Install a low-flow shower head. Avoid taking long baths and showers. Try taking shorter showers. Put a brink or jar of rocks in your toilet tank. This displaces the water in the toilet tank and causes you to use less.



When watering the garden, set a schedule and try to water in the early morning hours to help minimize evaporation (between 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M.). Check your home for leaks on any of the faucets. Try not to take baths as they waste a lot of water.


Laundry


Wash your clothes in cold water. Hang your clothes to dry. You may wish to use a clothesline in the backyard or in the bathroom. Avoid drying your clothes. If you must, keep the dryer door open as little as possible as it emits heat, making your home warmer in the summer, causing your thermostat to go into over-drive. Keep your dryer lint free. Not just on the link tray, but also around the dryer itself.


Dishes


Only run the dishwasher when it is completely full. Use “Air Dry” rather than “Heat Dry,” and hand dry with a towel the clean dishes. Hand wash large items such as bowls and pots. This will take up less room in your dishwasher. Bypass the garbage disposal and put food trash in the trash can.


Electronics


If you are not using an electronic device it should be unplugged. Don’t forget to unplug power adapters when they are not in use. When you are not watching television, the VCR, your blue-ray player, your CD player, or your DVD player, turn them off. Turning electronics help, but the best way to save on electricity is to unplug everything. Also, don’t overload your circuits.


Cooking


When preparing your meals, use the microwave versus the conventional oven. If you are cooking a small meal, use your toaster over instead of your conventional oven. When cooking with the conventional oven, turn the oven off a few minutes before time is up. The residual heat will finish the cooking.


Microwave

Sunbeam SGS90701B 0.7-Cubic Feet Microwave Oven, Black
Sunbeam SGS90701B 0.7-Cubic Feet Microwave Oven, Black

The Sunbeam SGS90701B 0.7-Cubic Foot Microwave Oven in Black has 700-watts of cooking power and six auto-cooking settings. with 10 adjustable power levels, meals are able to be prepared with ease. Or opt for the express cooking or weight defrost for faster preparation. An LED display with digital timer and clock provides easy viewing and a child-safe lock-out feature keeps peace of mind.

 


Try eating fresh foods and drink plenty of liquids in the summer. Drink cocoa, eat soup, and eat stew in the winter to keep you warm. Try cooking large quantities and eating left-over’s. This reduces oven time, and the heat that emits into the rest of the house from cooking.



In the summer, use your Crockpot in the coolest or least used part of the house. Bypass electronics if you can; instead, use manual electronics like a manual can opener. Set your refrigerator and freezer on the warmest settings that still keep them appropriately cold. Fill your refrigerator up. It will save you money on cooling costs. Be sure to keep the door closed as much as possible. Before you put hot food in the refrigerator, let it cool off so the refrigerator doesn’t spend energy cooling it off for you.


Crockpot

Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker With Temperature Probe, 6-Quart (33967)
Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker With Temperature Probe, 6-Quart (33967)

Satisfy your appetite for restaurant-quality meals and skip the big bill. With a little advanced preparation and the Set & Forget Programmable Slow Cooker, a deliciously satisfying homemade dinner will be ready to eat when you walk in the door.

To make dinnertime easy, the Set & Forget Programmable Slow Cooker offers you three cooking choices: a program mode, a probe mode, and a manual mode. On busy days, program the cooking time and the Set & Forget Slow Cooker automatically shifts to keep warm when the cooking time is up. Cooking a large cut of meat like pot roast, chicken, or pork tenderloin? Insert the probe, set the desired meat temperature and the Set & Forget Slow Cooker automatically shifts to keep warm when the temperature is reached. For traditional slow cooking, manually select the high, low or warm temperature without setting a cooking time.

 


In the winter, leave the oven door cracked after using the over, to allow the hot air to warm the kitchen. In the summer, keep the oven door closed as much as possible. Avoid using the oven in the summer. Do not preheat the oven. If you bake, do so in the morning hours, and bake in batches to avoid preheating the oven. Use pots with a diameter that is as small as possible. Boil water with an electric kettle rather than the stove.


Air


Purchase fans to cool your house during the warm months. Fans can make a room feel fifteen degrees cooler. Wear seasonal clothes so you can lower your air during the winter months and raise your air during the cooler months. When you leave your home, increase or decrease the temperature quite a bit depending on the season.


Fan

Lasko 2551 42" Wind Curve Platinum Cooling Fan
Lasko 2551 42" Wind Curve Platinum Cooling Fan

Lasko 2551 Wind Curve Platinum Tower Fan With Remote Control and Fresh Air Ionizer

 


If you wish to truly be drastic in saving money, keep your thermostat at 65 degrees in the winter and 80 in the summer. Bundle up in the winter. Use a heavy comforter or thick blanket. Drink lots of iced water, use fans, and keep the blinds down in the summer.


Blankets

All Seasons Collection Micro Fleece Plush Solid F/Q Blanket, Chocolate
All Seasons Collection Micro Fleece Plush Solid F/Q Blanket, Chocolate

All Seasons Micro Fleece Plush blanket is a great addition to any bedroom. The 100 percent coral fleece blanket provides you with a soft and cozy bedding essential. This full/queen size blanket measures 90-by-90-inches. The blanket has a knit hem. This is a solid blanket. This blanket is machine washable in cold water, tumble dry low and remove promptly.

 


Balance your vents to achieve an even, comfortable temperature throughout your home. During the winter months, flip the fan’s switch to reverse its direction. It will push the warm air that is around the living space. Look around the house for anywhere that there may be cracks. Fill these cracks so that unnecessary air isn’t escaping in or going out.



Use a dehumidifier to help keep your house more comfortable in the summer. Increase the insulation in your attic. Consider using a space heater for small areas. Let your hair air dry rather than using a blow dryer.



Use a programmable thermostat. Make sure it is installed properly, programmed correctly, and in the right place. If you have a forced air furnace, inspect your filters at the beginning of the warm months. Clean or replace them if there is significant dust build up.


How to Save Money on Utilities

Fireplace


During the winter months, light a fire for warmth instead of using the central heating unit. Wood is cheaper than gas. Make sure your fireplace is working properly. Never use a fireplace just for supplemental heating. A fireplace sucks heated air out of your home to fuel the fire and exhausts it through the chimney, and then your furnace has to turn on to replace that warm air.


Utilities

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Conclusion


Buy Energy Star appliances or energy efficient devices. They will be so worth it end the end. You can save hundreds of dollars by simply making a few changes in your life. Many of these suggestions will not affect you at all. It just takes a little extra time and effort. If you get in good habits, such as turning off lights and the television, you will see a difference in your utility bills.


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