Today more than ever, families are looking for way to save money. It isn’t always possible to bring in more income, but it is possible to reduce the cost of running homes.
Gather Up The Bills
Reducing the cost of your utilities starts with collecting all of your bills and finding out just how much you pay for things each month. You may be surprised to find out how much those long, luxurious showers that you are taking every morning are really costing your family. Knowledge is key to reducing the costs.
Heating your home can get expensive, especially in the winter months. Start by calling your gas company to find out if they have a program for customers to evaluate their gas use. If so, they will send a technician to your home and find out where you are wasting the heating of your home. It might be the insulation on your roof or the seals on your windows or doors. For some people, even if this appointment costs money, in the long run it might be worth it to meet with a professional.
If your dryer runs on gas, consider putting up a clothes line and letting your clothes dry naturally. When it gets cold outside, instead of turning up the heat, add a blanket or cover to the bed.
Add an extra layer while staying at home. While you want to leave the heat on, see if you can reduce the amount of time it is on and the temperature that you have it set to.
Have you noticed that when the gas bill is low, the electric bill is high and vice versa? In order to cool your home, for most people, the air conditioning is a necessity. Just like the heat, you can have a professional come out and inspect the home. The good news is that changing some things will benefit both the gas and electric. Whatever you can do to keep in the cool or warm air, the better.
If you aren’t using something, turn it off and unplug it. This is especially true in the kitchen. You may not realize it, but even though you aren’t using the toaster, if it is plugged in, it is costing you money. If the cell phone is charged, unplug it; the computer as well.
When you get ready to leave the house, turn off all of the lights. If you do have the lights on, be sure that you are using energy saving bulbs. During the day, if you don’t need to turn the lights on, leave them off.
And now it’s time to take a look at those showers. Do you find yourself spending time enjoying the feel of the warm water on your body? That’s great, but you could be running up your water bill. The best way to conserve is to use only the water that you need. This means turn the water on to get wet, rinse your hair and rinse your body. Turn off the water in between.
If you have plants in the front or backyard you may be watering them to make sure they are thriving. You don’t have the give up the plants. However, a drip system or automatic sprinkler system makes sure that you only water for a certain amount of time and ensures that you don’t forget to turn the water off.
For each of these bills, it is also possible to look into Energy Star appliances that can save you money on the cost of running it. Another good tip is this: Some utility companies allow customers to pay with credit cards, giving customers a chance to earn rewards points on their credit card.