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Want to save money on utility bills? Want to help the environment? What if I told you that you can kill two birds with one stone and do both? Even if you are more concerned with your bottom line than you are with the planet, youíll find these six steps for saving money on your utility bills both simple and inexpensive to implement. Are you ready? Letís start saving. After all, Iím sure you have much more enjoyable things you could be doing with your hard-earned cash than sending it to utility companies.
Fill ĎEr UpIf you have a washing machine and dishwasher, Iím not going to tell you to quit using these appliances. What I am going tell you to do is to stop running these appliances when they are not completely full. Fill them up, conserve water and cut down on your water bill.
Become a CollectorDo you realize that - unlike your overpriced bottles of water - you can pay absolutely nothing for the water needed to keep your lawn, shrubs and garden green and healthy? Instead of adding dollars to your water bill, make an initial investment in a rain barrel. Use Mother Natureís water to nourish your landscaping, clean your car and wash your dog.
Flip OutCeiling fans are an excellent option for pushing cool air around your home in the warmer months and helping to keep your air conditioner from running on overdrive. But did you know that you could save money in the cold, cold months of winter as well by running your ceiling fans? Change the direction of airflow by flipping the switch on your fan and reversing its direction. The warm air that rises to your ceiling will be recycled back down into your living space.
UnpluggedYou may not realize it, but many of those electrical devices in your home are pulling money out of your pocket even when they are not turned on. Even if you donít believe in ghosts, youíll probably find the numbers on this phantom loads chart frightful - to your bank account at least. Using power strips and just taking the time to actually unplug unused electronics and chargers will can add a nice boost to your monthly utility savings.
Plug Those HolesWeíve all seen them before. Those cracks around a door or window letting in a little outside light and letting our warm and cold indoor air flow freely into the outside environment Well, these cracks and extra spaces are just like having holes in your pockets. The small investment in time and money to add caulk and weather-stripping pays big dividends in energy savings.
Let There Be LightAnother way to save money without spending money is as easy as opening the blinds on your windows. In fact, it is to open the blinds and curtains on your windows and letting the sunís rays warm your home in the cooler months. This tip is especially useful if you have south-facing and/or west-facing windows.
Do a little investigating and youíll find a multitude of ways to save money on utility bills. More importantly, youíll be able to reduce your monthly energy costs without spending a lot of money. And while you are enjoying all that extra money in your pockets, you can also pat yourself on the back for being environmentally-conscious as well.
Tips from the ExpertsJim Wang from Bargaineering uses the following tips:
Financial guru Phil Taylor from PT Money suggests the following tips:
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