Energy, water and garbage bills add up quickly. The good news is there are many ways reduce those bills. When it comes to saving money on energy and utility bills at home, the options range from simple steps like unplugging energy zombies — appliances like some computers and televisions that use a lot of electricity just in stand-by mode — to more complicated measures like upgrading your furnace and water heater to a higher efficiency model, sealing ducts and adding insulation.
Using less electricity, gas, oil and water will save you money. It’s not rocket science– you just need to factor energy efficiency and resource conservation into your decisions about home improvements, appliance purchases and the choices you make in operating your home.
There are many rebates and price incentives offered by utilities and governments to make energy and resources improvements more enticing and affordable.
Here are 5 things you can do right now and another 5 items for a weekend project:
- Make a habit of unplugging energy zombies.
- Set water heater at 120 degrees. This saves electricity and prevents scalding.
- Take short showers. Install a low-flow shower head.
- Swap you incandescent light bulbs for CFLs
- Wash your clothes in cold water whenever possible. Cold water rinses save money and prevent wrinkling.
- Repair leaky faucets — don’t send money down the drain.
- Check your air ducts for leaks and fix them.
- Schedule a furnace tune-up.
- Put an insulation jacket on your water heater and insulate hot water pipes.
- Stop drafts at the bottom of doors and along window sills – – use a 3-inch by 36-inch cloth tube (“door snake”) filled with sand or small beans or use a rolled up towel or rug.