Mortgage or rent payments are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your monthly budget. Utility bills can sometimes be almost as high as those payments. The key is finding ways to lower those utility bills so they are such a drain on your monthly income. Some of these ideas are just common sense, and some you may not have considered. Let’s explore ways to reduce those bills but still keeping a comfortable lifestyle.
1. Unplug appliances when not in use
Electronics that are plugged in but not being used can still draw energy from the power grid. Now I’m not suggesting unplugging major appliances, but you can definitely unplug several. Do you leave curling irons or flat irons plugged in all the time? How about your air fryer? Any small appliances that are not in constant use should be unplugged when not in use.
At the same time, turn off lights, fans, and heaters in rooms that are not being used. This seems like a small thing; and it is, but every little bit helps.
2. Use LED light bulbs
LED bulbs use much less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs and can last up to 25 times longer. Switching out your old bulbs for LED ones can help reduce your energy usage significantly.
3. Upgrade your thermostat
Smart thermostats are designed to be more efficient than traditional models. They give you the ability to automatically turn off when you’re not at home and then set them to come on an hour before you come home. You can also have the ability to control the thermostat remotely, so you can adjust it when your schedule is up in the air.
4. Use low flow fixtures in your bathroom
Most new showerheads come designed to use less water. They automatically lessen the flow so you use less. There are toilets that also come ready to use less water with every flush. Continued use of these fixtures can help reduce your water bill over time.
5. Seal up any air leaks
Air leaks in your home can cause significant energy loss. This, in turn, causes utility bills to skyrocket. You should go to each room of your home and search for any air leaks. Windows are usually where outside air can infiltrate your home’s interior. If you notice your curtains swaying, it’s likely air is seeping in. Check around entry doors. Look for any outside light that you can see. If you notice outside light around the door, then air is getting in as well. Use weather stripping to close those leaks around doors. Re-caulk windows to stop any air from seeping in.
6. Install a solar panels
Solar panel systems from a Generac dealer can save on your utility bills over time. This is a big investment, but if you’re planning on living in your current home for 10 or more years it could be worth it. Do research to be sure you get the benefit of the power generated by solar panels.
7. Shop for the best utility prices
Many states offer citizens to shop utility companies that offer the best rates. Check the fine print on any electricity companies you decide to use. Be sure the rate offered isn’t hiding additional charges. See if they have average billing that may offer a more reliable monthly bill with no surprises.
These are just a few ways to save on your monthly utility bills. Some may seem a bit of a hassle, but will help you keep your money in your pocket where it belongs.