Now that we’re at home a lot more, we’re all using a lot more water, gas, and electricity.
This is a great time to make sure you are using these resources more efficiently and saving as much money as you can.
Are you incorporating any of these money-saving tools?
1. Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFL or LED bulbs. CFL bulbs (Compact Fluorescent Light) and LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs put out significantly less heat and last a great deal longer. Not only do they save you money in the long run, they can also reduce your home’s AC load in the summertime. They do cost a bit more, but LED bulbs can literally last you longer than your time living in that apartment or home.
2. Use a programmable thermostat. You can program your heating and cooling so you’re not wasting energy when you’re not at home to take advantage of the temperature. You can program your thermostat to heat or cool the home before you arrive without forcing it to blast hot or cold air all day.
3. Add weather stripping to windows and doors. A very inexpensive way to save. Closing up small gaps along the bottoms and sides of your windows and doors can cut down on how much natural heating or cooling is lost on a regular basis, saving you in cooling and heating costs.
4. Insulate the garage door. If you have a room above your garage, insulating the garage door will help to control the natural temperature in that room by regulating the temperature below.
5. Install lower-flow shower heads. Your options here are to reduce the flow in your shower to cut down on the usage of water, or you can simply take shorter showers. Either way, saving on water usage translates to savings on your water bill.
6. Use a more efficient toilet. Buy an efficiency toilet with different flushing options, or you can seal a jar of water and float it in your toilet tank to lower how much water your current toilet uses. Try to displace water without forcing two flushes for the best result.
7. Use aerator screens on water faucets. While many homes have these in bathrooms and kitchens, they may not in utility or laundry sinks and other faucets in the home. Aerator screens appear to increase the stream’s power, which means less water used while still obtaining a powerful flow.
A few simple and inexpensive changes can last for years and save you hundreds and hundreds of dollars over the years. And you probably have the time to do a lot of these small fixes.