Utility costs contribute greatly to your overall household bills. Did you know that you could save a lot of money on your utilities? Here are some pointers to help you do this:
1. Identify which appliances consume the most electricity and contribute the most to your electric bill and take advantage of a home management load program. Many local utilities provide a $100 savings each year after you join.
2. Refrigerators use alot of energy. Give your refrigerator coils a cleaning at least twice a year. Make sure to check these items regularly to ensure their efficiency. A well-maintained appliance will provide better performance and even last longer. Also, don’t keep the fridge door open too long.
3. Cooling and heating systems consume the most electricity in a home. Give your furnace a tune up at least twice each year. Call your utility service company to check if there’s a lower electric rate offered during any specific time of the day.
4. You can also save money by lowering your heating bills. Set your thermostat down three degrees to save on your bills. You may even save more by not using heat while at work or turn the heat down during nighttime when you’re sleeping. This can help you conserve electricity and save money.
5. Cover your water heater to insulate it. Insulate the water pipes as well. You may want to set a timer for the heater to control the flow of electricity.
6. Lowering your water bill can save lots of money. Check if there are leaks, inside your home or in your yard. Fix water leaks immediately. Think about installing a water saving showerhead to lessen the use of water when showering. You can use a big container to stock water in the bathroom as an alternative rather than using the shower in the bathroom. Take quick showers since heating hot water is a big energy user.
6. In cold weather, shrink-wrap windows. Put a rolled up towel under doors. Keep the chimney flue shut when there’s no fire.
7. If you’re cold, put on a sweater instead of nudging up the thermostat.
8. Keep window shades down on hot days.
9. Turn off the television when not in use.
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