Want to cut a few bucks off your utility bills?
In 2012, over $3,000 was spent per person on energy in the US alone. So there’s obviously some room for improvement.
But how exactly do you cut back on your energy spending?
The good news is, it’s not as hard as you think. There are a few simple steps you can take right now to save you and your family some serious dough each month.
Read on to find out!
Heat and Cool Your Home the Smart Way
When most people think about saving money on energy costs, heating and cooling are probably the first things that come to mind. After all, these costs are a big chunk of your bill.
But you don’t need to move into a geothermal home to save money on heating and cooling. You can save money today by doing things like:
- Using ceiling or floor fans to help out your AC in the summer
- Getting a programmable thermostat and turning the temperature up or down (depending on the season) when you’re sleeping or away from the house
- Replacing air filters for your heating or cooling system more often, so they’re running more efficiently.
Replace Those Old Light Bulbs
Did you know that CFL or LED light bulbs use anywhere from 25-80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs?
They also last a whopping 3-25 times longer than traditional light bulbs.
While the initial cost is a little higher, switching to energy efficient bulbs could save your family a healthy chunk on electricity every month.
Keep Your Home Sealed Up Tight
If you’ve ever stood near a single pane window in an older home on a cold day, you know how much energy windows can cost you every month.
While replacing all your windows is probably not an expense you want to take on lightly, you can do your monthly budget a lot of good by ensuring your windows are properly sealed.
Over time the caulking around the exterior of windows tends to dry and crack, allowing heat or cold to flow into your home. This can be prevented by checking and caulking around the exterior of your windows annually.
Be Smart With Your Electronics and Appliances
After heating and cooling, your large appliances and electronics account for the biggest chunk of your family’s energy bills. While one solution is to use them less, sometimes you’ve got to do that extra load of laundry.
Using modern, energy efficient appliances is a big help here, along with being smart and waiting to do that load of laundry or dishes until you’ve got a full load.
Some other ways to save on electricity with your electronics are:
- Turning off electronics — like TVs or computers — that are not in use
- Unplug phone or other chargers that are not in use. These can still draw electricity even if they aren’t charging anything
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What Energy Saving Solutions Are You Using?
These energy saving tips are just the beginning. The truth is, there are tons of little thing you could be doing every day to save your family money on energy.
What are your favorite energy saving solutions? Leave them in the comments below!