“Save money” is always a top New Year’s resolution and so is “live greener.” You can do both with these money saving tips to cut utility bills in half! Live greener, reduce electricity use and natural gas and water usage. Electricity was never been a terribly expensive utility, but now energy costs are escalating with all the other utilities. In some areas, electric bills have doubled in the past few years, even though they have installed every power saving device possible. Here are 30 ways to cut utility bills in half (or more)–a month of tips to save money on electric bills and live greener all year long!
Get a carpet sweeper and clean carpets manually instead of using your vacuum. Cut electricity use by sweeping carpets with a clean broom too. Vacuuming uses a mind-boggling amount of juice, so cut energy costs in half vacuuming half as much! If you vacuum daily, you can cut back to once a week and exponentially save money on electric bills! Using a carpet sweeper is better for people with allergies and sinus problems as well. Be sure to get a bagless vacuum to reduce dust in the environment. You’ll dust less and save money and time and live greener there too! Clean upholstery with damp rags or disinfectant wipes. Or use the hand held vacuum cleaner or lint brush attachment to save money on electric bills over big vacuums or Shop-Vacs.
Cut utility bills reducing hot water heater usages. Soak dirty dishes in hot, soapy water and wash by hand. The dishwasher is another energy guzzler, even the power saving models. You’ll cut electricity use and water bills hand-washing as dishes must be rinsed before loading the dish washer anyway. Wash clothing on warm or cool, using hot water only for white and rinse clothing in cold water. Hot water heaters are the largest drain on electricity or natural gas. You’ll save money on electric and gas bills!
Cut utility bills in the kitchen. Cook on the stove top, electric frying pan, crock pot or slow cooker, rather than heating up your big oven. Save money on electric bills keeping refrigerators and freezers full. Don’t run up energy costs by running fridge and freezer for just a few items. Use natural cold storage on porches and basements in winter. Do not cook in your microwave. Reduce electricity use, live greener and healthier.
Save on energy costs in lighting. Turn on lamps in the areas that you need them and avoid using big overhead or vanity lights with multiple bulbs, that run 180-300 watts of lighting. Install motion sensor outdoor lighting. These lights shut off after a few moments and come on only when someone comes near.Switch to T-8 or T-5 florescent light bulbs instead of incandescent. If you hate the glare of florescent lights, try soft-white or yellow-colored light bulb options to reduce intensity. Turn off the lights you’re not using.
Save money on electric bills in heating and cooling and live greener. Close curtains in summer to keep the heat and sun out and open them in winter during the day to let natural light and warmth in. Use lined drapes like Eclipse curtains to keep the house warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Use fans to cool your home and air conditioning only when needed. Put a fan in each window facing inward when there is cool air coming in, and outward as an exhaust fan if the air is heavy, humid or very hot. Don’t set the AC below 70 degrees. Turn fans on low at night and turn them off when you leave unless it is very hot. The leave them on to save electricity cooling the house down when you get home. Keep fan blades and coverings and air conditioner filters and vents clean. Air conditioners and fans run harder and produce less cooling when dirty.
Cut utility bills in half and live greener with simple tips. Monitor your electric meter and energy costs yourself. The more electricity you use the faster the dial will spin.Keep filters religiously. Keep clothing dryer vents clean. Remember to clean out the lint that accumulates in the hose connecting the dryer to the outdoor vent. Appliance repairman say they often see a cat’s worth of hair clogging the dryer duct work! Hang clothes to dry outside on a clothes line. Check for missed areas to reduce electricity use. Turn off the TV, computers and appliances. Unplug anything you’re not using. Read your electric company’s literature for more helpful tips.