With cold temperatures moving in, many are looking for ways to cut down on utility costs. In a previous article we discussed “The Thermostat Wars” that often occur in homes and how adjusting the thermostat can save you a bundle, but here are a few other tips for saving money:
- Wash clothes with cold or eco-warm water when possible.
- Use LED and CFL lighting. According to one estimate, replacing 20 incandescent bulbs with LEDs could result in a savings of more than $3,000 over the lifespan of the new LED bulb.
- In some cases, utility companies offer time-of-use rates and you can save money by using electricity during off-peak hours instead of during the day. A time-of-use change can help you save money by running your more expensive utilities at night such as the dishwasher, washing machine, or dryer.
- Seal your home. Covering drafty windows with plastic and installing weather stripping around doors can add up to substantial savings.
- Install and use ceiling fans. Make sure to reverse the fans rotation for winter months.
- Change shower heads to low flow shower heads. The low flow shower head can decrease water consumption by 40% or more, meaning less work for your water heater and lower water utility costs.
Finally, make sure to check with your utility provider. They may have cost-saving programs available or incentives for changing out things like old appliances.