Looking for easy ways to help save you money?
Well, if you’re anything like most people, cutting down on expenses is commonly an avoidable expenditure that we tend to misuse. In particular, our dependence on energy—which hasn’t even reached its peak—continues to snowball our monthly bills. But luckily, there are endless ways in which you can easily affect your next bill that doesn’t involve a drastic change to your overall lifestyle.
Simple suggestions, like lowering the temperature of your thermostat at night, taking a shower instead of a bath, cleaning the lint out of your clothes washer and bundling your satellite television with high-speed Internet (DirectSpecials.com).
- Hire a specialist to make sure the system is functioning properly. A poorly maintained system has a habit of wasting energy where it needn’t be wasted. To help you remember, have someone look at it every new season.
- Allow your furnace filter to spread cool or hot air more efficiently. If dirty, the heating or cooling system has a harder time diffusing air. So, make sure it is clean or replaced if left broken.
- Don’t overheat or overcool when no one is home.
- When using the heating or cooling system, make sure all windows, attics, garages, basements, and exterior door are all closed. No point to make your furnace work harder to reach these areas.
- If you and your family go are going out of town, set your home’s system to “vacation” (some systems don’t have this feature).
- Consult with electrician about installing a “low-flow” accelerator to allocate water at a slower pace.
- Make sure all pipes are properly insulated, which helps to make sure water is kept hot.
- On an annual basis, remove the stagnate water from the heater tank. After, turn the water on and off for about 30 seconds. This helps to filter out minerals, sediment and other miscellaneous materials from blocking your home’s heater tank.
Stove & Oven
- Thaw frozen foods. Once thawed, cut them into small pieces; by doing so, your food will cook better and quicker.
- Use lids on pots and pans consistently, which helps to reduce energy used.
- Don’t open and close the door repetitively in your oven. Although you may be a compulsive chef and want to make sure the food is cooked properly, it’s best wait until the food is almost done.
Washer & Dryer
- Use more cold water.
- Don’t use the washer more than you need to. Wait until you have a full load before using the washer.
- Make sure you’re adding the correct amount of detergent. Over usage cause too many suds to disperse, which makes your washer harder to clean “more” clothes.
- Don’t overload your dryer, divvy up washed clothes in two dryer cycles if you have a full load.
- Clean out your dry’s lint trap to make air flow more easily. This needs to be done each time use dry a new batch of clothes.