10 Ways to Save Money on Your Energy Bills

by on December 19, 2012

Some things in life you can cut out completely in order to save money – you don’t need a streaming movie service, for example. Other things you can’t live without – your utilities being at the top of the list. But you can save money on your electricity, natural gas and water bills by employing a few tricks.

  1. Find better energy rates if you live in a deregulated area. Many states now allow you to shop around for the best electricity and/or natural gas rates. You may be used to paying whatever the utility charges, but if you can choose another – and cheaper – supplier, there’s no reason for you not to. Your delivery is still guaranteed through your utility, you’ll just be paying a separate retailer for your supply. This change could save you hundreds a year, depending on your new rate and how much energy you use.
  2. Upgrade to a smart thermostat. Programmable thermostats, provided they are used correctly, can save the average household $180 a year. Newer smart thermostats can save you even more by learning your behavior and adapting to the weather report. Most of these thermostats are Wi-Fi, so you can change settings from the office if you need to.
  3. save money on energy by insulatingInsulate. More of your energy bill is spent on heating and cooling your house than on anything else. You don’t want that air escaping through the walls and attic. It is worth the expense to hire a professional to assess the quality and quantity of insulation in your attic, walls and basement and add more if necessary.
  4. Consider updating your home’s roof, windows, and doors It is easy to overlook simple home functions such as a roof, window or door, but when it comes to saving energy and money, upgrading these items can surely help. Installing a metal roofing system or even a new form of shingles can dramatically affect how much energy you need to heat or cool your home. Of course outdated windows and doors can affect energy costs by letting in cold or warm air depending on the season. Updating these items to become more energy efficient will help and you can rest easy knowing that by spending a little you can save a lot in the long run. Many contractors Art Roofing Contractors offer a variety of services so that you can bundle your services and only have to rely on one company.
  5. Drop your hot water heater temperature to 120 degrees. If your hot water heater is set above 120, you’re wasting energy and creating a scalding hazard. Your showers will be just as hot and your dishes will get just as clean at a lower temperature.
  6. Use cold water for laundry. Most of the energy used in washing clothes is from heating the water. It is outdated wisdom to think that the hotter the water, the cleaner your clothes will get. These days detergents are designed to work in cold water, and using cold water to both clean and rinse your laundry will save you a bundle.
  7. Avoid the dryer. This is one of the highest energy-consuming appliances in the house. It’s pretty easy – and definitely money-saving – to hang your laundry on either an outside line or on hangers inside.
  8. Turn off the dry cycle on the dishwasher. It’s not necessary to heat dry your dishes. Also, only run the dishwasher when it’s full and check the settings before turning it on. If you can use a speedier cycle than usual, do so.
  9. Add low-flow showerheads and aerators to your faucets. These easily installed devices can save you several gallons of water each day between showers and dish washing, which really adds up in money savings.
  10. Use your microwave or toaster oven whenever possible. The stove and oven not only use a lot of energy, they add heat to your home that needs to be combatted by the air conditioning during the summer. Try using your microwave for more than just reheating leftovers. For small servings, use the toaster oven instead of your regular oven to save energy and money.

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Darren January 12, 2013 at 6:48 am

I’ve not a dryer in years… I’ve always used lines and or racks to let them dry naturally. Never thought of using cold water in the washer though.
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xtheresamccall July 29, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Thanks,very efficient ten ways,i used the dryer a lot before,and now i think it’s the highest energy-consuming appliances ,i am going to less use it
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alex August 20, 2013 at 8:16 pm

thanks for the list! i love them all except for the low flow. i can always tell the difference when i use a low flow head, i feel itchey afterwords.

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Tim August 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Very useful information. The dryer sucks a lot of energy and does make the clothes softer, but once you get used to hanging them, it is all good.

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Ned September 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm

My tip… Don’t use your central unit if you don’t have to. Instead use a small space heater in the rooms you are using. Turn them off when not in use. After all, why pay to heat the whole house when you’re not using it. We’ve cut our bills in half by doing this.
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Donald Quixote from Furnace repair salt October 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Insulation is a big one and a lot easier than some would think, pipes especially. You can buy pre-cut insulation that slips onto the pipes for some quick savings.

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Jane November 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm

These are great tips! Another thing to consider is going with a tank-less water heater. These units provide plenty of hot water and also reduce energy consumption quite a bit.
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Diane December 9, 2013 at 1:35 am

I am surprised that people still heat their water for washing. It is just a waste of electricity. This is one of the best articles I have ever read regarding cost cutting and improving energy efficiency at home. Thanks for sharing this one.

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carl January 23, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Exterior wall insulation is another method that is becoming more popular now, particularly in the UK, providing a more efficient way of keeping heat in, needing less energy to maintain heat in a property.

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Jeff April 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Wow, great post – I’m loving this!

ESPECIALLY loved #8 – Turn off the dry cycle on the dishwasher

Never thought about that – will try that starting this weekend!

Jeff
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Carney Watson June 15, 2015 at 7:46 am

Hey there….I was so frustrated with my electricity bills. The bills are too high now a days and it not affordable to live. I must say this is a nice post. The tips and tricks you have mention is your post seems to be fair in order to get positive result.

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