As a homeowner, costs can really start to add up, so it never hurts to take measures to help you reduce your monthly utility bills. In a dry year, like this one, it is even more important to do our part to conserve water and energy. Below are a few ways to do just that!
Saving money on your electricity bill can be done multiple ways. Some easy changes include running appliances, like the stove, dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer, at night, opting to air dry clothes, or cooking meals in a crockpot or toaster oven. Set aside time throughout the year to inspect the areas around doors and windows and seal any cracks with caulk or weather stripping. Additionally, make sure to unplug electronics when not in use or use a power strip to turn them all off at once.
Of course, adding solar panels to your home will also reduce your electricity bill. If you do make the investment to go solar, consider swapping out any gas appliances you have for electric. These may include stove tops, ovens, water heaters and furnaces to name a few.
Your monthly water bill can sneak up on you, but small changes can be made to cut costs. Install WaterSense-certified faucets and shower heads and convert toilets to low flow to reduce the amount of water used. Make sure to regularly check toilets and sinks for leaks and repair them. Opt for using your dishwasher instead of hand washing and ensure its a full load each time. Also, don’t forget to turn off water while brushing your teeth and shaving.
If you have an automated sprinkler and/or drip irrigation system, remember to frequently check the lines for leaks. It is also important to check the direction of the water spray. Make sure the water is actually reaching the lawn and desired plants, not running down your driveway.
Investing in some changes up front can make a difference on your natural gas bill long term. Add insulation in your attic and around your water heater and pipes. Make sure to repair any leaks in your ducts, inspect your furnace regularly, and check your home for any blocked vents that could cause your gas heating system to work overtime. You can also reduce the temperature of your water heater.
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