The typical American family spends more than $1,600 each year on utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Most probably, you will be able to save more on utility bills by purchasing the most efficient appliances, boilers and heaters. Nevertheless, the amount of money you will have to pay up front could be staggering and it would be hard to ensure that long-term reductions in your bills would be worth it.
Fortunately, there are several proven and effective methods to help you save on your bills. The following will help you lower your monthly utility bills:
Replace your usual incandescent bulbs with compact-fluorescent bulbs. The light they give off is different from your incandescent and uses less energy and could last ten times longer.
Plug your appliances such as your DVD player, computer and other electronic devices into power strips to help save on energy. Turn off the power strips to be able to use less electricity.
Seal off gaps by weatherstripping your home. Use caulks and heat-safe tape which you can buy easily and affordably.
Install door sweeps to help cut down on air leakage, especially if you have several heating zones in your house. They are easy to install and costs around $5 to $10 per piece.
Clean and maintain your appliances regularly. If your heating vents are filled with dust, most likely they are not running at maximum efficiency. Clean or replace your furnace filter as often as their manuals recommend. Appliances run more effectively and last longer if they are well-maintained and could help you save money on your utility bills.
Consider turning down your water heater to 120 degrees instead of the 140 degrees. You might need a 140-degree water for your dishwasher, but try to experiment and see if you can get clean dishes at a lower temperature.
Try to install faucet aerators since they use less water even if you turn on the taps at the same time. They cost $2 dollars or less per piece. Most probably you already have some form of aerator in your faucet. Nevertheless, you can unscrew them and check the side for their galleons per minute rating. If it is over 2.75 gallons, it would probably be better to get one with a lower and better rating.
Install a low-flow shower head, particularly if you take long showers. These shower heads cost around $5 to $50 and most of them operate by aerating water.
If you do not have a new, water-saver toilet, you can reproduce one by putting a sealed plastic bottle filled with pebbles, clean brick or a weighted mason jar in the toilet tank. This displaces the water thus uses less of it every time you flush.
When you buy appliances, make sure to purchase those with energy ratings such as an Energy Star Logo that meet federal standards for energy efficiency. Big appliances like boilers, refrigerators, dish washers and water heaters have yellow Energy Guide tags that inform you of how energy efficient they are than other models.
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