This article is guest written by Jess Walter. She is a freelance writer and mother. She loves the freedom that comes with freelance life and the additional time it means she gets to spend with her family and pets. She specializes in economic, business and environmental areas, with a passion for all things eco-friendly and thrifty.
Easy Tips to Save Money On Utility Bills
It is becoming quite common to face a monetary setback every month due to utility bills that can go as high as $500, and that is a definite cause for concern. Half of all the energy used in homes goes towards heating, cooling, and water consumption. However, with a few smart moves, which can be incorporated easily into daily life, a person can reduce their utility bill effectively.
Nifty Tips for Heating and Cooling to Reduce Utility Bills
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (USDE), most homes do not have adequate insulation in the attics. Subsequently heat rises and then floats out from there. An effective way to counter the heat loss is to install fiberglass insulation which can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs by efficiently insulating homes.
Another effective and inexpensive way to keep utility costs down is to install weather stripping, which prevents inside air from escaping and keeps out drafts and rain. A person can also save at least 10% off their utility bill by installing a programmable thermostat. The more a thermostat is turned down during winter and up during summer - the more one can save on utility bills.
Smart Ways to Save Money On Water And Energy
People tend to overlook the fact that many older shower heads pour out about 4 to 5 gallons of water per minute. An individual can save money on utility bills by installing a low flow shower head that pours out only 1.5 gallons per minute in comparison. Practicing eco-friendly car cleaning tips can also go a long way in bringing down the consumption of water from the whopping 100-140 gallons that it takes to wash one car on average.
One should avoid running the dishwasher on a half load to cut down on costs, it should be packed to brim. Additionally, turning off the manual heat dry on the dishwasher and allowing the dishes to air dry can also help in using less energy. Whenever possible, a person should use the microwave to heat food because it uses just a fraction of the energy used by a stovetop or an oven.
A person should identify items in their home that use both water and energy, such as water heaters, washing machines and dishwashers, and try to replace them with more energy and water efficient models to save hundreds of dollars per year. Putting these easily applicable tips into practice can efficiently and effectively help a person to cut down on the money spent on utility bills.