Saving Money on Utility Bills

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Saving Money on Utility Bills

 Who wouldn’t love to pay less when the utility bills come due? Your home needs to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter and there is no chance that you can do without electricity in general. But there are ways to cut back the cost. Some are just common sense ideas and others may require an initial investment. There are times when you need to spend money now to save in the long run.

Spend to Save

Are you considering opening up a new savings account with the help of Money Super Market? Before you tuck any more money away, consider making a few investments in your home.

The latest in compact florescent bulbs will cost more than the traditional bulbs, but over the course of your lifetime, the savings on your electric bills could be considerable. Replace as many bulbs in your home as possible to cut costs.

Does your water heater need a jacket? In the winter, your water heater may be working harder than it needs to maintain heat. A local home improvement store may offer a special blanket that can be wrapped around it in order to insulate it from the outdoor temperatures.

Maintenance is another important aspect of saving money on your utilities. Your heater and air conditioning should be serviced at least every year or two. A technician will be able to tell you if the equipment is running efficiently.

If not, even a small repair may be well worth the cost when your next utility bill arrives. The same is true for an appointment with a plumber. One appointment can point out your leaks and help you to lower your water bill.

Cutting Back

Turn off your electronic devices and appliances. Even though you are not using the blender or the coffee maker, they are both still drawing out electricity if they are plugged in. Most people don’t realize just how much money is wasted on plugged in electronics.

How often do you use cold water in your washing machine? There are many instances when cold water will get the job done just as well as warm water without the added cost. Consider making this change for a month or two and see if you can tell the difference in your gas bill.

One of the most obvious ways to cut your cost is by turning off the lights when you aren’t using them. Make sure that every member in the family understands the importance of this. When you leave a room, turn out the lights. When you walk out the door, do a double check to make sure that all the lights are out. If you have concerns about having the lights off when you arrive home at night, consider investing in a timer.

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  1. Our heating bills in the winter are insane but I know why. Our house is heated by oil since we don’t get natural gas this far east in Canada. We also have no insulation so the heat escapes. Then to top it off our furnace doesn’t know when to shut off! Its a mess lol.
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  2. I’m obsessive about keeping lights off unless we are in the room and only allowed to be on at night, but my kids are horrible! I keep reminding them and reminding them, but they just aren’t getting it. I finally just said, every time I go down stairs, any lights that are left on, they owe ME a quarter per light. It’s slowly getting better. lol.

    These are great tips. I didn’t know about the heater jacket! That’s really cool.
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  3. Great tips! We actually changed all of our bulbs to florescent just a few months ago to start conserving in energy costs. And I am always cruising through the house turning lights off behind my kids!
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  4. Great tips, thank you! I’m pretty sure we don’t have a jacket for our water heater… honestly, I didn’t even know there was such a thing!!
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