How to save money on your utility Bills

how to save money on your utility bills

By making a few simple changes in your everyday routine and investing a little money in tweaking your home now, you can end up saving big bucks on your utility bills in the long run. These are some great tips that are beyond the obvious and anyone can do without compromising your quality of life, or as I like to call it: without going full ghetto

1.Get a programmable Thermostat

  • set it to a lower temperature when you’re at work during the day when energy costs are the highest, and turn it up about half an hour before you get home so it’s nice and warm for you
  • receive a $25 credit on your Union Gas bill when you purchase any programmable thermostat
  • save up to $100/yr in energy costs

2. Install a rainfall shower Head

  • save up to $100/year in water-heating costs
  • delivers lots of pressure but uses only half the water
  • plus it looks and feels luxurious

3. Weather strip and caulk your windows and door Cracks

  • stop warm air from escaping and cold air from coming into your house
  • wasting 40% of home’s heating dollars

4. Make your curtains work for You

  • during the day open your curtains to warm your home up and close them to keep out the chill at night

5. Change your filters every 3 months

  • a clean furnace works more efficiently

6. Do the laundry and run the dishwasher during off-peak hours

  • 7 pm to 7 am, and weekends

7. Switch out your light bulbs to energy star bulbs (aka. the coiled ones)

  • uses 75% less energy than the regular ones

Do you have any money-saving tips when it comes to your utility bills? Please share in the comments below, I’d love to read them!

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