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Get in on some great tips for saving on your utility bills!
After owning a home for a little over 4 years, and living in apartments for about ten years prior, I’ve learned some really good ways to keep my electric, gas, and water bills lower. I didn’t have the water bill while I lived in apartments, but I sure have one now!
Saving On Your Utility Bills – Gas And Electric
The gas isn’t something that you can just turn off and on whenever you’re done using it, especially when it’s connected behind a stove. It’s connected to a line that’s tightened so that when you need to use the appliance or furnace attached, it’s available. When it comes to using our gas stove, I try not to bake too often as a good amount of gas is used to heat the temperature to the one you specify. The upside to having a gas stove is that you can leave the door open (as long as little ones or animals aren’t around) and let some free heat in the house. However, if you have a gas furnace, there is a way to adjust the setting to a medium or low level so that your gas usage is lowered. And you can set the thermostat lower so that the heat kicks in less frequently.
With electric appliances and lights, it’s a little bit easier to lessen the amount of electricity you use. Just having appliances plugged in all day can use a small amount of electricity every day, but having multiple appliances plugged in all day can add up. Unplugging these when you’re not using them can save on electricity. With electric washers and dryers, washing and drying larger loads can help with less electricity usage, especially if you can hang up your laundry to dry instead of using the dryer. If your electric bill still does not lessen after trying to unplug items, you can contact your local electric company to see if they have a budget plan. We have a budget plan with our service, and the amount changes every six months to a year depending on our usage.
If you live in an apartment, and you don’t pay for water, you’re already saving money. I can admit that on average, our quarterly water bill is $140 – $170, and we only have two people in our house. Leaky faucets can be one cause of water wasting. We had a leaky faucet for a while, and it would leak about a gallon per day. Fixing those leaks can start to help you save. If you wash larger laundry loads, you can save money on water as well. A washer uses the same amount of water no matter how large or small the load, so filling it to the top is a safe bet to use less water. I’ve even used a color safe bleach so that I can combine colors and whites without issue. You’ve probably hear it time and time again, but even turning the water off while brushing your teeth can really save water as well.
I hope some of these tips can help you to save money on your utilities. I had a request from a viewer to share my thoughts on the subject, so I hope I have helped that viewer as well! If you have additional tips regarding saving on your utility bills, please feel free to leave a comment!