How To Save Money On Your Utilities

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    How to Save Money On Your Electricity, Gas, and Water

Many times todays modern people spend almost as much on their utilities, if not more than they do on their rent or mortgage. The good news is that there are many ways to cut costs on these:

   -Be aware of your local utilities rewards to customers who cut their energy use.

   -Take advantage of your local utilities energy saving services and information.

    -Plant trees to save energy; in the summer they will provide shade to cool your house.

    -Regularly replace your smoke alarm batteries: this will save the precious lives of your loved ones.

    -Buy energy efficient light bulbs.

    -Be sure your light bulbs are the correct wattage for their fixture.

    -When you leave your room  turn your lights off.

    -Turn off your television when you leave the room.

     -Use low wattage light bulbs.

     -Use florescent light bulbs.

     -Buy appliances with high EERS (Energy efficient ratios).

    -Don’t set your refrigerator or freezer thermostat too low. Turn up your refrigerator of freezer a few degrees; and

you’ll save money.

    -Use your microwave or toaster oven rather than your regular oven.

    -Only run your dishwasher when it is full. If you need a glass or spoon or fork, wash it by hand.

    -Don’t use your dishwasher’s heater to dry your dishes, save money and let them dry naturally.

    -Turn off your freezer if you don’t store a large supply in it.

    -Install surge protectors either for your entire home or for individual outlets.

    -Some utilities charge less during off peak times electricity rates that are lower; if this is so in your area, use your washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher, etc. during off peak hours.

   -Don’t use your dryer if you washed just a few items, hang them up. Also keep some hangers around your washing

machine to use when needed.

    -Dry two loads of laundry at once. The dryer is one of the largest energy users in your house and the less you

use it the more money you  save.

    -Use cold water detergent to wash your clothes, it may work for some of your clothes

    -When using your dishwasher, use fewer cycles.

    -Use less hot water, it increases your bill.

    -Buy a water saver for your shower.

    -Install a single-control shower valve which lets you preset the temperature, saving you from making adjustments

    -If your house is empty during a vacation or other get away time, turn your water heater off.

    -Wrap your hot water heater in a coat, it will kindly return lower heating bills.

    -install a hot water timer control which will allow you to have hot water when you need it but you won’t be

paying for having it when you

don’t need it.

   -Insulate your hot water pipes; this you will get hot water quicker and cheaper.

    -Install aerators on all of your faucets.

    -Don’t waste your money on water purification sales pitches.

    -Lower your toilet’s water  level, lowering this a little bit can save you a lot through the year.

    -When you need to replace your toilet replace it with a shallow trap toilet, it uses less water per flush.

    -Fix your dripping faucet.

    -Fix your constantly running toilet by checking a home repair manual, or your computer for this info.

    -Clean and inspect your sump pump annually.

    -Water your lawn at night rather than during the day when a good part evaporates.

    -Fix a leaky faucet.-Insulate your attic.

    -Uses shades or drapes to insulate your windows.

    -Add more insulation and find out from your local utility how you can do this.

    -Check if your are eligible for state income tax credits for insulating your home.

    -Wear an extra sweater and turn down the heat.

    -Correctly estimate your air conditioning needs by consulting your air conditioning dealer or by using your computer for ideas.

    -Room air conditioners may actually be cheaper than installing a central air conditioning.

    -Save a great deal of money by running your air conditioner less.

    -Use your fan instead of an air conditioner.

    -Close down the several rooms in your house that during winter to save on your heat.

    -Install a zoned heating and/or air conditioning system.

    -Use fans instead of air conditioners.

    -Install heat reflectors behind your radiators.

    -Have your heating and air conditioning systems cleaned every year.

    -Install a programmable thermostat.

    -Heat your house with wood or coal which can be cheaper than using electricity or gas.

    -Close your shades if it is warm outside, then open them at night; during the winter it is the opposite: open them

during daylight and close at night.

    -Don’t leave your fireplace open.

    -Use the smaller burners on your stove: this will mean smaller gas and electric bills.

    -Don’t rent telephones, buy them: its cheaper.

    -Make your long distance calls at nights or weekends; or check for a telephone company that gives unlimited

long distance for a reasonable cost.

    -Use your telephone book or better yet use your computer to find a phone number rather than calling for directory

assistance.

   -Keep an up to date address book with telephone numbers.

    -Avoid charging your credit card for telephone calls.

    -Write down what you want to talk about before making your call.

    -Eliminate unneeded extras on your phone service.

    -If your are away from home for a period of time try suspending your phone service.

    -Listen to the voice on your answering machine; if it is a salesman, don’t answer.

    -Pay your utilities online or in person: you’ll save stamp price and some utilities charge less for paying online.

    -You may be able to save on your online monthly charge by using wireless internet which is provided for free at many locations; be careful in this though when doing financial transactions online, if one particular wireless doesn’t steal your privacy use it, but consistently monitor your bank account’s balance and financial transactions.

    -Don’t use your freezer to freeze merely one package of meat.

    -Because surge protectors can prevent expensive damage if lightening hits, place them on your vcrs, lamps, fans, cell phone’s etc.

   -Replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs; they will save you p to $60 per bulb over time.

    Sources:

    Brainiac, eHow user

    1001 Ways To Cut Your

    Expenses by Jonathan D. Pond

    How To Save money On     Utilities by Mark P Cssen, eHow contributor

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