These days, saving money has become an art that few have mastered. However, there are some money saving habits you can develop to save money on your energy bill. Simple changes in the things you do around the house can help save you hundreds of dollars per year on your energy bill.
1. Turn off the lights in the daytime and use sunlight. Open the blinds and use natural light.
2. Wash your clothes in cold water. Warm water takes up more energy and costs you more money.
3. Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every load. This helps your dryer perform at optimum levels.
4. Take shorter showers. Using less water anywhere in the house is always a good idea, especially if you pay for water.
5. Repair any leaky faucets immediately. Dripping water can waste approximately 50 gallons per month.
6. Air dry your dishes instead of using the dishwasher. If your machine has it, use the energy-saving cycle whenever you can.
7. Don’t run the water when you wash dishes. Try filling up a bowl with soapy hot water, washing each dish, and then rinsing them all at the same time to avoid running the water the entire time.
8. If you are going to use the dishwasher, make sure it’s a full load, otherwise, you’re wasting water and money.
9. Turn off any electronics when not in use, including TVs, radios, computers, video games. Also, unplug anything you’re not currently using, including microwaves, charging cell phones and MP3 players, fans, game systems, DVD/Blu-ray players, and lights!
10. Decide what you want from the refrigerator before you open the door.
11. Cover and wrap any food you have in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods and liquids release moisture and your refrigerator then has to work much harder, wasting more energy.
12. Hire a professional to inspect and tune up your furnace. Oil burning furnaces should be checked at least once a year. Gas burning furnaces should be checked every two to three years.
13. In the winter, install storm windows and doors. These help trap heat inside and keep the cold air out. You may qualify for the Weatherization Assistance Program or tax credits for energy improvements.
14. In the winter, try covering your windows with plastic for added effect. This is a lower cost way of trapping in the heat.
15. Use the smallest pans you can when cooking. It takes less energy to heat smaller pans.
16. Get Energy Star appliances. These automatically help you save money without changing a single habit.
17. If you’d prefer not to use your dryer, air dry clothes outside on a clothesline. Sunlight doesn’t cost you a dime.
18. If your finances permit it, install low-flow faucet aerators, which help to reduce the amount of water you use.
19. Insulate your water heaters and pipes. Water heaters using insulation have better heat-trapping capabilities. By insulating you can prevent heat losses by 25 to 45 percent.
20. In the summer, install a programmable thermostat. You can even program it to turn down the cooling when you’re asleep or not home.
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