Utility bills can contribute to a significant expense for most people’s budget but there are ways to change how much you are spending on each utility.
Key tips to reduce these utility areas will give you the best chance at saving money for all of them.
The 3 Main Areas Include:
Each area will have specific tips that will reduce the energy being expended and allow you to save on this expense.
Through this post I hope to show you valuable information and tips for how to save money on utility bills.
I will provide helpful tips for each of the main areas throughout this post.
Certain times of the year can really cause this expense to be quite significant and finding ways to decrease your heating bill can be useful.
Helpful tips include the following:
- Buy Blackout Curtains
- Lower the Thermostat Setting
- Drink Hot Liquids to Warm Body
- Close Doors to Unused Rooms
Buy BlackOut Curtains
Buying these curtains will blackout the sunshine and keep your place the temperature you want it to be.
These curtains can help keep warm air from getting in during the hot summers and also keep precious warm air from leaving your place during the cold and harsh winters.
You only want these heavy duty curtains for the rooms where there is the most direct sunlight. These windows are where you are going to get the most savings potential.
If you use these curtains in a room so that you can keep it warmer, then you will not need to have the thermostat turned up as high.
These are an investment starting at $20 on Amazon but they will consistently save you money. You are likely to make your money back within 6 months and then you will be able to continue savings for years.
Lower the Thermostat Setting
Lowering the thermostat setting will decrease the temperature of your place and save you money.
If you lower the 4 degrees over a 24-hour period, then you will save yourself 12% for that period.
A 1 degree reduction over an 8-hour period will save you 1% from your heating expense.
Drink Hot Liquids to Warm Body
I like to drink hot liquids to keep myself warm during the winter because it really keeps my internal temperature warm.
Using a hot water heater could help you make hot water quickly and efficiently and allow you to have hot liquids whenever you still to feel cold.
Whether this is plain water, tea or coffee this drink should really help you be able to reduce the temperature of your place without getting cold.
Close Doors to Unused Rooms
Closing off any rooms that are not being used will save you from wasting energy heating that room. Always close the doors and turn off the heat that goes into those rooms.
The key here is to cut off any area of your place where heat is being wasted. Using the tips here will help keep you from turning up your heater as much during the winter and save you some money.
If you liked these tips and want to learn more for reducing the heating expense, then read How to Save Money on the Heating Bill.
Electricity is another area where improvements can be made by following a few tips and practicing energy saving habits.
Some great tips include the following:
- Consider Using Wool Dryer Balls
- Use Efficient Light bulbs
- Unplug Certain Electronics
- Turn Off Lights to Unused Rooms
Consider Using Wool Dryer Balls
Using dryer balls can reduce how long you have to dry clothes in the dryer which can be a great saver.
These appear to be easy to use and can cut down on up to 20% for your drying time. This item works best by putting these balls in with your wet laundry and then drying your clothes normally.
The balls roll around and prevent the wet laundry from sticking to each other.
The weight of the balls pushes the wet laundry items off of one another. These balls tend to be around $8 for 6 on Amazon and will likely last for a long time.
The best results come from using 3 balls per load and these balls are estimated to last up to 1,000 loads.
These eco-friendly dryer balls are best used in small to medium loads so that they have room to move around.
These wool balls are more eco-friendly than dryer sheets and can cut down on how much wrinkling happens for your clothes.
Use Efficient Light bulbs
Using efficient lights bulbs that have an Energy Star label on them and they will help you use less electricity.
These bulbs generally cost a little more at first but use up to 80% less electricity compared to a normal light bulb.
There are many efficient light bulbs out there so try out a few of them to see which one works better for your place. These lights will not only save you money but will end up reducing your carbon footprint.
Unplug Certain Electronics
Unplugging certain electronic devices could help you cut down on your electricity usage. Any devices that are not used frequently could be unplugged so that you are using energy to keep them powered up at all times.
Certain TVs that have remotes could be taking extra energy to stay plugged in so try out unplugging these devices to save a little.
Turn Off Lights to Unused Rooms
Turning off any unused lights is something that could benefit many people because lights often times get left on.
Whenever you leave a room, try to turn the light off so reduce how much you electricity you use for your place. This generally takes a little practice but can save you a lot if extra lights are left on.
Focus on keeping the areas of your place lit that you are in most of the time but when you leave that area and it is not being used anymore practice turning off the lights.
Saving on electricity mostly comes down to turning off unused lights and finding ways to become more efficient with how you use your electricity.
Water is an important expense to focus on because there can be many areas to reduce how much water we are using.
4 helpful tips include:
- Reduce Shower Length
- Use Less Water Washing Car
- Install Low Flow Shower Heads
- Take Shower over a Bath
Reduce Shower Length
Reduce your shower length will cut out a significant amount of the water you are using and can be easily done with some practice.
I sometimes use a timer or even play a song that is 4 minutes long and when the song ends I know to turn off the shower.
The average amount of water used during an 8-minute shower was 17 gallons. Even a little less time spent in the shower will save you money and the shorter that you can make your showers the more your will save.
Use Less Water Washing Car
Another area where water can sometimes be wasted is washing your car. Don’t let a hose run when washing the car but instead fill up a bucket and use small towels to wipe down the car.
Doing your car washes this way will keep you from using as much water as well as give your car a consistently clean look.
I like to fill up a bucket with around 1 gallon of water and pour it over the car and then wipe down from the top to the bottom.
Install Low Flow Shower Heads
Installing a low flow shower head will help you get an increase in shower pressure as well as reduce how much water you are using.
An efficient shower head can be picked up at any hardware store and easily installed.
If you want to watch different shower heads in action, watch Low-Flow Shower Heads Reviewed.
This shower head will use up to 40% less water than a traditional shower head and has stronger pressure. A low flow shower head is one that has a flow rate of 2.5 gallons or fewer per minute of use.
You can test out the flow rate of your shower by turning on the shower and letting it fill up a bucket for 15 seconds. You then multiply this amount by 4 to get your flow rate per minute.
Flow rate per minute greater than 2.5 gallons means that by changing to a low flow shower head could give you a significant savings difference.
Take Shower over a Bath
Taking a shower over a bath will save you a lot because a bath uses almost twice as much water as a shower. A 10-minute shower will use about half as much water as filling up a bathtub completely.
The key to reduce how much water you use is by getting more efficient with your time and focusing on areas where you can improve your usage.
If you liked this post and want more tips for saving on water, read How to Save Money on Water Bill.
The Primary Goal is to be More Efficient
There are many ways to cut down on your utility expenses and if you are willing to make significant changes, then you could save yourself a lot of money.
The key is to ask yourself the following:
How efficient do you want to become with your energy usage?
There are many tips here that require making some changes but probably won’t be a big inconvenience. Focus on the tips that will be easier for you to make and do those.
If you want to continue to save more, then proceed to use more of the tips listed here.
If you practice using these tips in this post, then you should be able to save significantly on each major utility expense.
I hope that you liked this post and learned some helpful tips and information about how to save money on utility bills.
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