Whether you live in the northern states or the southern states, chances are your utility bills are too high. Not to worry. With these tips on how to save money on energy bills, you can start saving money right away and give your budget a little breathing room.
I know when I was $87K in debt, I needed to find ways to cut expenses to the bone, and utility bills are right on the top of the list.
How to Save Money on Energy Bills
While you have several different types of utility bills the one that takes the biggest bite out of your budget is your energy bill. Once you get that under control, then you can start on the rest, but this one is the big one.
Here are seven tips to help you start reducing your energy bill this month and save money every month going forward.
1.Use the cold/cold cycle –
The next time you do the laundry, be sure to turn the dial on your washing machine to cold/cold. Your clothes will be just as clean and you can save a few hundred dollars a year just with this one tweak.
I know it may sound strange, but studies do show that your clothes will come out just as clean and germ-free as if you washed them in warm or hot water.
Not to mention, cold water is easier on your clothes, so they’ll last longer which will save you even more money.
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2. Use heat creating appliances at night –
During the summer months, you most likely have the air conditioner running around the clock to keep you and your family cool. If that’s the case, it doesn’t make much sense to turn on appliances that create heat.
Save those chores for after dark when it cools off a bit outside and your A/C doesn’t have to work quite a hard. This can include things like your oven and also your washer and dryer.
By using it only at night in the summer, your HVAC system will not have to work as hard which of course saves you money on your energy bills, but it will also save wear and tear on your HVAC which translates to fewer repair bills and your unit lasting longer.
3. Put up a clothesline – If you have the space for it, go old school and put up a clothesline and air dry your clothes outside. Your dryer uses a ton of energy to dry your clothes. It makes a lot more sense to hang them up on the line and dry them for free.
This may not be for everyone, but even if you just hang out sheets, blankets, and towels, you will save a few loads when it comes to drying.
4. Use a toaster oven – Keep your oven off, especially in the summer months, and use a toaster oven or even the microwave more. Personally, I love my toaster oven and use it all year long.
I can make toast, but I can also bake a potato or even heat up a frozen pizza. Both toaster ovens and microwaves take a lot less energy to run. A crockpot is a great way to make a meal for your family and save on energy bills at the same time as well.
I’ve already mentioned that it makes sense to not use your oven until after dark during the summer months, but a toaster oven is a great idea at any time of year.
This is especially true for baking things like baked potatoes.
5. Fans are your best friends – If it’s hot in your home, be sure to use a ceiling fan or even a box fan to move the air around.
hey don’t actually lower the temperature in your home, but you will feel cooler.
You can even turn the A/C off and once again go old school and put a bowl of ice in front of the fan. You’d be surprised how cool this can make you feel.
6. Seal your windows – A great deal of heat goes right out of your windows. If you have cracks around the edges of your windows or even your doors, make sure you fill them. This alone can cut your energy bill by 30 percent.
You can find sealant at any local hardware store or big box store.
It’s easy to use, and you will see your energy bills go down almost immediately if you currently have any cracks or openings around your windows.
7. Check out programmable thermostats – A programmable thermostat will allow you to keep your home either warmer or cooler, depending on the time of year, when you and your family are away during the day.
There’s no reason to heat or cool your home when no one is inside. Just adjusting the temperature by 5 degrees can make a big difference.
When it comes to how to save money on energy bills, it’s not really too hard.
Just by making a few changes in your daily routine, you can cut your utility bills by quite a bit.
Give these seven tips a try, and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
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