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Mar 03, 2015

Five Ways to Save Money on Your Energy Bill

 

Buying a new home isn’t cheap nowadays. Not only do you have to take into consideration what your monthly mortgage payment may be when you buy a new home but you also should take into consideration how much it’ll cost per month to “run” your new home with heat, air conditioning, water, etc.

There are plenty of ways to save money and cut costs on your utility bills. However, many of those suggestions require you to spend even more money before you can save some money. While you should look into purchasing an energy efficient home, or investing financially into making your home more energy efficient in the long-run, we have come up with five ways to save on your energy bills without any installations or additional spending.

 

Let the Light In!

We’re sure you remember your dad nagging you when you were a kid to turn off the lights when you leave a room, well he was right. Flick off the switch when you leave a room, even if you know you’ll be back in a few minutes. The rule is, if you know you’ll be gone for more than 10 seconds, switch it off! While you can always switch your lightbulbs to compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) or even switch out the actual light fixture to motion sensors, those things require you to spend additional money to both purchase and maybe even install. Energy saving light bulbs that can range up to $10+ per bulb. If you can, use natural light to light up the house. Open the blinds, swing open the curtains! Regardless of where you live the sun rises earlier in the morning and sets later in the evening during the summer months, take advantage of it. Not only will you feel the effects on your energy bill but according to some studies there are plenty of benefits to more sunlight, including better sleeping habits and a better mood.

 

Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water

According to Energy Star almost 90% of the electricity used to wash clothes
comes from heating the water, a practice scientists say is wasteful and
pointless. Simply switching the dial from hot to cold will save energy and in-turn money. And according to the Sierra Club every household that switches to cold water saves about 1600 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year. While you may be wary of switching to the cold cycle because you don’t think it will clean your clothes as well, science has shown cold-water specific detergents are specially designed to clean your clothes just as well. Since cold-water specific detergents cost about the same as regular detergents, it’s not an extra cost. While switching to cold is a great practice there are plenty of other laundry room cost-saving tips here that can save your money and your clothes.

 

Cool It With Constant A/C Use

Depending on where you live our electricity bills usually go up in the summer due to our constant reliance on air conditioning (A/C). Depending on where you live A/C may be a necessity or a luxury. During the summer in Southern Utah – it is probably a necessity. If you can bear it, open the windows in your house and get a natural breeze coming through. If A/C is a must – know when to turn it up and down. You don’t need the same conscious cool at night when you’re sleeping so turn your unit down. While there are plenty of fancy thermostats on the market nowadays that help you schedule your house’s temperature, most aren’t cheap and are unnecessary. While they may not be as simple to program, basic, entry-level thermostats can be set to a schedule that’s optimal to you. Take the time to read your units owner’s manual. Also, be sure to turn down the unit during hours when no one is home. Want some more tips to maximize your air conditioner this summer? We’ve got a few more for you here.

 

Turn Down The Heat

It’s amazing how much energy we use just to heat the water in our homes. First our washing machines, now our hot water tanks. Here’s a simple way to test if your hot water tank is turned up too high: go turn your hot water on as high as it will go without any cold water, give it some time so the water reaches maximum temperature. Now, stick your hand underneath. If you’re afraid to do this because you’ll burn yourself then your water tank is turned up too high and you’re wasting substantial energy. The Department of Energy recommends having your water heater set to 120 degrees fahrenheit. If you’ve never adjusted your unit, it’s probably set at 140 degrees (most manufacturers default setting). For every 10 degrees you turn your tank down you can save 3 to 5 percent on your energy costs, thus a 20 degree difference can save you about 10 percent on your monthly bills. That adds up. Going out of town for the summer holidays? Turn it down even more.

 

Do A Nightly Energy Sweep

We’ve all left fans, lights, TV’s and even our computers on at night, and while it may not seem like a big deal, all these little things can add up. According to studies it costs about $21 a year to run just one conventional light bulb through the night ($9 for a CFL bulb) and up to $35 for a ceiling fan. While it may be a pain – do a quick walk through your house and make sure all your appliances are off, including your computer. Your monthly bill and bank account will thank you.

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