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May 26, 2010 | Posted By: Andrew Salmon
If youíre not careful, expenses can nickel and dime you left, right, and center. And so we always have to be on the lookout for ways to save at the grocery store or the mall. But you can also save money at home with a few simple changes to your lifestyle. Here are the top seven ways to save money around the house.
7. Lights Out
You canít get simpler than this as far as keeping your wallet fat goes. If youíre not using a room in your house, turn out the lights. Even if you have fluorescent bulbs installed, why run them thereís no one in the room? And, unless youíre performing open heart surgery in your living room or den, these rooms donít need to be lit light operating rooms either.
6. Canít Take The Heat
Turn the heat down. The human race invented clothing as protection against the cold. And, once paid for, you donít have to keep on paying for them. But you do with heating. Every month. Now, you donít have to watch TV with icicles hanging off your nose, but you donít need to live in a sauna either. Keep the heat at a comfortable level and let your clothes provide that extra layer of warmth.
5. Hang íem Dry
You might think you have to live in Arizona for this money saving tip, but thatís not the case. This tip is good all year round. In the Summer, hang your wet laundry in any sunny spot and it will be dry in a matter of minutes. In the Winter, hang them over the heater keeping out the chill and youíll get the same results. The bottom line is you wonít be using the dryer and youíll save a lot!
4. Itís In The Bag
They give you bags at the store; sometimes they even charge you for them. So why not put them to use? They can be used for garbage, storage, lunch bags, etc. and you wonít have to buy all of the individual products designed to perform these functions. That adds up to substantial savings.
Everyone talks about how much they love that summer heat. Until they see there electricity bill after running the air conditioner around the clock. Then youíre more likely to be hot under the collar. Fans use a fraction of the energy of air conditioner and come in all shapes and sizes
2. Take It Lying Down
Running the shower means hot water and the money to heat it both going down the drain. Switch to baths instead and save on those hot water bills. Once the tub is full, you can lounge in there as long as you like and youíll save enough for that rubber ducky.
1. Slay The Vampires
They lurk in every corner of your house. In just about every appliance. When your computer, TV, coffee maker, microwave and re-charger are off, these energy vampires creep out. They are the clocks on these devices or the little red lights that tell you the machines are turned off. And they can add up to almost 15% of your annual electricity bill. Put these devices on a power strip and turn the strip off at night.
Guest Blogger Andrew Salmon writes about a variety of topics including how to find cheap life insurance in Canada. He lives in Vancouver, BC.
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