For some homeowners and renters, having a high monthly utility bill can mean the difference between being able to buy the proper amount of groceries and barely skimping through the month with enough food on hand. If your family has struggled with high utility bills, you’re not alone. With just a few simple tips and tricks kept in mind, you can reduce your monthly utility bills and have some more money to support your family.
In colder weather, a lot of heat ends up escaping into the attic. Fiberglass insulation is an affordable option that’s also easy to install. There are a lot of DIY tutorials out there making this an easy, affordable option that can save you plenty of money every year and is quite the investment.
Wash Clothes in Cold Water
Many of us are accustomed to using hot water for our washing machines, but this is actually a huge energy hog. Around 90% of energy use involved with most washing machines is a result of heating the water. Since many families do multiple loads a week, using cold water drastically cuts down on your energy usage and can help you save a pretty penny.
Install a Low-Flow Shower Heads
Lots of older shower heads put out around 4-5 gallons of water per minute. That’s a whole lot of water that you’re using up and if you’re responsible for your own water bills, that can really add up as being the biggest consumer of water in your home. Newer models can cut that down to 1 gallon of water per minute and it’s a pretty easy DIY job to swap out shower heads, requiring few tools or know-how beyond an instruction manual.
Washing Dishes Smart
If you have a dishwasher, try to wait until you can do a full load before doing your dishes. Doing so will reduce the number of partial loads you’re doing which means for a much more energy efficient life. If you want to really maximize on this, don’t use your dishwasher for bigger items that take up too much space, like large pots and pans. Instead, handwash these and you can use a lot less water.
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