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7 Ways to Save on Utilities

Scott Monge

As spring pushes on and summer creeps closer and closer, temperatures continue inching up and tempting many people to turn on their air conditioning. While some may give in and turn the thermostat down a few degrees, others stubbornly refuse to yield to the heat due to the high cost of utility bills. Whether it’s a water bill, power bill or gas bill, keeping monthly costs down isn’t always easy when trying to maintain a household. Follow these tips to lowering your utility use and keeping your household expenses under control.

Ensure your home is properly sealed from the elements by using weather stripping on all exterior doors. Caulk around window and door trim, keeping everything as tightly sealed as possible to reduce your energy bill.

Replacing older appliances with Energy Star appliances will help with power costs. Newer model washing machines also use less water for each load of laundry.

Invest in CFL or LED light bulbs for your home. Get rid of incandescent bulbs. They may be cheaper up front, but the CFL and LED lights use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times as long. Over time you’ll recoup your investment and decrease your kilowatt usage.

Rely on ceiling fans to distribute heat in winter and remove it in warmer months. Fans can help take some of the load off your heating or air conditioning systems.

Keep showers as short as possible to minimize use of the hot water heater and excess water costs. Wash clothing in cold water.

Use low-flow shower heads and faucets for a little more help reducing your water consumption.

Have heating and air systems checked annually to make sure they’re functioning properly and efficiently.

Use these tips to keep a little more money in your wallet and your home running like a well-oiled and cost-effective machine. Utilities are a necessity for every home, but these helpful hints will make your home more efficient and comfortable

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