Definitely, our home utilities are something we can’t do without even if we were intensely saving up for something. Thank goodness, there are many great ways that we can save on home utilities, and here are some of the best ways to do this:
- Buy energy-efficient appliances. It all starts with having appliances that are just as good as their counterparts but use up significantly less energy. One way of knowing that the appliance you are buying is energy-efficient is if it has an energy star rating. Appliances that have an energy star rating consume up to 50% less energy than those that do not have the rating. You should also be smart about what type of appliances you should buy: for example, buying washing front-loading washing machines rather than top-loading ones will help you save up on water costs (because the former uses up less water than the latter). Make sure that you compare between the energy labels to see which particular brand and model appliance will consume the most electricity – opt for the ones that need the least kilowatts to operate.
- Turn off appliances when they are not in use. This is something even a third-grader is taught at school, but most of the time, we forget to do this. Turning off lights when nobody is in the room is a given, and we should also remember to turn off AVRs and unplug appliances when they are not being used: do know that appliances that are still plugged consume traces of electricity that will add up in the long run.
- Buy energy-efficient light bulbs. This is one of the single most effective ways to significantly lower your electric bill costs. Do know that CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs consume about 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs; not only that, but CFLs last up to 10 times longer, too.
- Inquire about free energy audits by your utility company. Some electric companies provide free inspections on homes so they could give recommendations on how to lower energy costs. Sign up for this service so you could find out how to maximize energy in the long-term.
- Consider cancelling your cable subscription. With so many avenues to get your fill of movies and entertainment it might not be much of a sacrifice for you to cancel your cable subscription. You could instead rent movies – this not only helps you save more, this will also allow you to control what you watch.
- Air-dry your clothes. There are many ways that you could avoid using your appliance altogether, without needing to sacrifice your living conditions. For example, air-drying your clothes outdoors will not only help you save on electricity, it will also prove to be gentler on your clothes. Another way is to pick clothes that you absolutely must iron (clothes you wear to work, for example), and not ironing the rest. Yet another way is to use cold water instead of hot water when doing your laundry. Do some research on the other small ways that you could efficiently lower energy costs without having to reduce the quality of your life.
- Consider lowering the thermostat by about two degrees during the winter months and raising it two degrees during the summertime. You’d be surprised at how easily your body will get used to this temperature, and how much you’d be able to save up, too.
There you have it! These are some of the best ways to save money on home
utilities. The best news is, most of these aren’t really painful to
undertake: you just have to have the initiative to start in the first
place. Good luck!