Most people who are looking to cut costs don’t think to look at their utilities bill. In most cases, it is the shopping and leisure budgets that get the axe instead. While such actions are certainly commendable, focusing at least part of your attention on your utility bills can result in considerable savings off your monthly expenditures.
Sounds easy enough to be sure, but you may just be surprised at how much money this simple action can shave off your utility bills every month.
Check out these tips to see how you can cut costs in specific areas.
Cutting Electricity Costs
Fans can do a lot to cool down your home if you set them up properly. In order to provide the maximum cooling effect, you will want to set up your fan to pull in cool air into your home and direct it into the warmer parts of the house. If possible use fans instead of air conditioning- fans use more than 10 times less energy than or regular air conditioning unit.
Tell everyone to turn off ALL the lights that aren’t being used in the house! It is easy enough to just leave the lights on for mood or atmosphere, but get into the habit of turning off unnecessary lights and you will be rewarded with a generous cut in your electric bill at the end of the month.
While you’re at it, turn the TV off when it is not being used as well. Studies have shown that a TV left on is one of the biggest wasters of electricity in the world. Shut it off when no one is around, and make sure that you set the timer to turn it off if you have the tendency to fall asleep while watching!
Putting A Stopper On Your Water Bill
Do periodic checks around your home to find out if any faucets or pipes are leaking. Every drop wasted is just a little bit more that is added to your monthly water bill, and as insignificant as this amount may seem, it does have a way of adding up over time. In fact, even a tiny drip can add up to more than two gallons of water in as little as an hour!
Keep Things Warm and Cheap
In the winter, you may consider lighting up the fireplace or wood-stove instead of turning up the central heating. Not only does this add a bit of charm to the room, it is also a bit cheaper than using up gas.
Keep warm as needed. Get used to wearing the appropriate clothing for the weather. In the winter, sweaters and pants are recommended, and wearing these even while lounging around the home will help reduce your dependence on your gas-powered central heating unit.
What other ideas for cutting utility costs have you pursued?
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