Top 15 Ways to Save on Your Utility Bill
Updated: Feb 24, 2020
Getting from paycheck to paycheck isn’t always easy, especially in the cold winter months or the hottest part of summer. A typical family spends an average of $2,500 per year on utilities. So, if you’re like most of us, you’re looking for ways to lower your bill. The following is a list of suggestions to help you cut your costs, so you can spend your money on the things you want to.
1. Do routine inspections of your doors, windows, appliances and more. Check the seals on your windows, doors and appliances to make sure they are working properly. Make sure your refrigerator and freezer are sealing correctly to keep the cold air where it belongs. The same goes for your doors and windows. A rotted or cracked seal can allow air to seep out and will cost you more in monthly expenses.
Repair Leaky Ductwork
2. Fix leaky ductwork. It can significantly improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems just by repairing leaks, ventilation and air conditioning ducts.
Lower Your Thermostat
3. Lower your thermostat while you’re asleep or away from home. Lowering the temperature for at least eight hours can lower your costs by as much as 10-15%. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat so the temperature can be adjusted for specific time periods.
Cut Back on Your Hot Water Usage
4. Cut back on your hot water usage (shower, laundry and dishwasher). It can make a significant difference in your energy bill. Replace your showerhead with a more energy- efficient one to reduce water usage by thousands of gallons each year. Look for one that is energy-certified by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Repair Leaky Faucets
5. Repair leaky faucets. Constant leaking can waste gallons of water. And unless it’s necessary, never wash your clothes in hot water. Always use warm or cold water to save energy. Adjust your water heater’s temperature to save even more money. The default temperature for most water heaters is set at 140 degrees, but if you lower it to 120 degrees, you will use less energy.
Replace Old Appliances
6. Replace your old appliances with energy-efficient ones if possible. In the long run, you will make up the cost difference with your energy savings. Energy-efficient dishwashers use much less water per load than standard dishwashers.
7. Ask your utility company if they offer cheaper rates during certain times of the day, which would make doing laundry, running the dishwasher, etc., less expensive than during peak times.
Turn off Items Not Being Used
8. Turn off your lights and electronics when you aren’t using them. Unplug items that you aren’t using. This alone will save you approximately 15% on your electric bill.
Switch to LED Bulbs
9. Change your regular light bulbs for LED bulbs that are Energy Star certified. They might be a little costly on the front end, but they are sure to save you money in the long haul.
10. Install dimmer switches in your rooms so that you can set the lighting the way
you like. Not only can you set the mood, but you can also save energy and money.
Replace Power Strips
11. Replace your old power strips with smart power strips. They cut off the current
when your devices aren’t in use. Unfortunately for your electric bill, some electronic devices stay on even when on standby, and that can add up over time.
12. Add extra insulation to your home. During extreme heat and cold, the additional insulation will help your home maintain its temperature, as well as save you money. Don’t forget your pipes. Insulating them keeps your water heater from working so hard during the winter months and prevents your pipes from freezing.
Home Energy Audit
13. Ask your utility company to do a home energy audit. They can sometimes offer
additional tips that will help you reduce the amount of energy you use.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
14. Wear appropriate clothing for the temperature. Making adjustments to your attire will help you stay comfortable without changing the thermostat or utilizing more energy by using heaters or other electric devices.
Replace Air Filters Regularly
15. Finally, replace your air filters regularly. The air filters catch dust, pollen and lint and circulate the clean air throughout your heating and cooling system. This helps to keep your HVAC system working properly and reduces its workload. This, in turn, saves you money.