I don’t know about you but I love spending money and always get really excited when I get my latest utility bill. That might not be a serious statement but what is serious is saving money. Saving money on utilities can help you save up for the stuff you really need, like the complete DVD box set of an obscure 80’s show, or a talking fish that hangs on your wall. Below are a few tips that will save you money so you can hear the sweet songs of that fish in no time.
Pack the Dishwasher
A good way to start saving money on utilities is to get the most out of your appliances. Never run a dish washer with anything less than a full load. Try hand washing large pots, pans, and dishes as well. These take up a considerable amount of space in dishwashers and if you have more space available, you won’t have to run the dishwasher as often. You can let your dish washer do the heavy lifting as well by skipping any pre-rinsing. By doing this alone you can save up to $70 a year. Air drying your plates and utensils can also be just as beneficial.
By adjusting your thermostat just 1 degree, you can save up to 3% on your utility bill. Lowering your AC while you’re away and raising it again once you get home can be a good routine to develop. Conversely, this works for heat as well during the winter months. Programmable thermostats can also make a significant difference. They pay for themselves over time as they can save you up to 10% of your bill.
Conserving water may mean altering some common habits. For instance, make sure the water isn’t running while brushing your teeth or shaving. I love long showers as much as the next person, but they can definitely show up on your next utility bill. However, while a typical shower can take up to 7.55 gallons of water, a bath generally uses about 20. When it comes to watering your lawn, make sure to not over water. If you have a sprinkler system, make sure it doesn’t turn on more than it needs to. Also, try watering your lawn in the morning, before the sunniest and hottest hours of the day so water doesn’t evaporate as quickly.
Poor quality or no insulation at all can make your home colder in the winter and warmer in the summer. Proper insulation is especially important in your attic. If you have an older water heater, insulating it can prevent heat loss by 25-45%. This means your water will be heated with much greater efficiency. Adding draft door stoppers, (cylinder looking objects that stretch along the bottom of your door), can help keep heat in the rooms and help regulate the temperature as well. If you don’t have any draft stoppers, towels can work just as well.
Not only are ceiling fans cheaper to run, they cool rooms during the summer and circulate warm air in the winter. Many people wouldn’t consider turning their fan on in the winter, however, they can be quite helpful. Some fans are capable of running clockwise and counter-clockwise as well. By spinning clockwise in the winter months, the fans pulls air up into the room, rather than blowing air down on you.
All these tips are useful to know! Even by just doing a few of them, they can keep more money in your wallet and maybe another singing fish for your wall!
And last but certainly not least, nothing is more satisfying than saving money on pumps! You can save money right off the bat by finding the pump you need on PumpProducts.com. We carry the most trustworthy pumps at some of the lowest prices in the industry. Or if you have a well pump and want to save money, make sure you have the right well tank for your pump. A bigger well tank, such as the Amtrol WX302, would prevent your well pump from turning on as frequently. This will save you energy and money on your next utility bill.
With all these tips you’ll have that singing fish on your wall in no time!
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