Who doesn’t like to save big bucks on their utility bills? This is one thing that could serve as the highlight for most people’s expenditure during a month. Truth be told, receiving a bill that’s lower than the month before makes you a superior being in your own eyes. Here some of the doable ways you can successfully cut down on your energy bill.
Seal the House
Money leaks through cracks in your doors and windows. Seal these places DIY style with caulk, or hire a professional to take on the project. You may be spending a lot here, but it pays off eventually in the form of lower bills. One consumer report shows that sealing all leaks can help cut down a utility bill by as much as 15% to 30%, depending on the number of leaks and cracks.
Use Heat Generating Equipment Only at Night
If you are into baking, you should know that using the oven in the middle of the day only makes you turn up the air conditioner, which takes more energy. The same is the case with clothes dryer and dishwasher. You can always separate chores this way and divide your work between day and night to save money without really letting go of any utility.
You can always use appliances like crock pots to cook food in the day. Cookers use less energy and do not turn your kitchen into the scene of a boiling underworld. The only bad rap that slow cookers have is that they are the traditional way of cooking. You can make anything that you would want to in an oven in these.
If You Can Wash Clothes in Cold Water
Doing laundry with cold water saves you money on the energy it takes to heat water. In a year, an average household can save up to $152 on this. On top of that, do not forego air drying clothing. But you don’t have to do this if you have people with allergies in the house, in case its allergy season and allergens are present in the air.
Turn the Fan On
Fans can easily make a room feel cooler; it might be all you need instead of stacking up the cost of an air conditioner. Using fans can save one as much as $438 in a year, so if you have a broken fan you haven’t used in a while, get it fixed pronto.
Unplug Appliances that are Not in Use
Battery chargers are usually plugged in with the switch on even when they are not in use. This is because most people think they would be needed again in a while and they are not really wasting much energy. Newsflash: they are! The same goes for kitchen appliances that are never unplugged because they are used more than twice or thrice in a day by different people in the house.