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9 Ways to Save on Utility Bills

Authored By: Tyler Stevenson on 2/27/2024

If you need to steel yourself before looking at your monthly utility bill and you’ve been known to throw a fuse when someone leaves on the light for seconds more than necessary, you need to read this blog. Here, we’ll share nine realistic and helpful ways to save on energy costs. 

  1. Make it smart

Incorporate smart technology in your home in any way possible. This can include a thermostat programmed to work less when the family is not home or asleep, lights that are set to go off at predetermined times and power strips that are programmed to turn off power to devices that are in standby mode or not in use.

  1. Choose energy-efficient appliances

Invest in energy-efficient appliances, such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, and air conditioners. Look for products with the ENERGY STAR label, as they are designed to consume less energy without compromising on performance. The initial outlay may be higher, but efficient appliances will save you money in the long run through reduced energy consumption.

  1. Unplug devices and chargers

Many electronic devices and chargers continue to draw power even when they’re not in use. To avoid wasting energy and money, make it a habit to unplug devices or use a power strip that can be easily turned off when you’re not actively using them.

  1. Use efficient lighting

If you haven’t already, replace traditional incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED or CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs. LED bulbs use significantly less energy and have a longer lifespan than incandescent bulbs. Additionally, make it a habit to turn off lights when you leave a room and take advantage of natural daylight whenever possible.

  1. Weatherproof your home

Properly insulate your home to prevent heat loss in the winter and keep it cooler in the summer. Seal any drafts around doors, windows and other openings. This will help maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home, reducing the need for excessive heating or cooling, which can lead to significant savings on your utility bills.

  1. Layer up

Heating costs can take a huge bite out of your monthly budget during the colder times of year. Learning how to stay warm without depending on the heater can help you save a lot off your bill. 

For example, you can layer up with warm blankets, sweaters and more. This way, you can keep the HVAC set at a cooler temperature without feeling the chill. 

  1. Plant trees

Consider planting trees near windows in your home which get lots of sunlight throughout the day. This can significantly reduce your AC costs in the warmer months of the year. 

  1. Seal all leaks

Make sure your home is completely leak-free, taking time to seal all windows and doors so that no air seeps through. This will help keep the cool air in during the summer, and the warm air in during the winter. 

  1. Use less water

Reduce your water usage by only running your dishwasher and washing machine when they’re full. It’s also a good idea to fix all leaks as soon as you notice them. Every drop counts!

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