In today’s world, families are always looking for ways to save money. Whether you are living on one or two incomes or have a large or small family; families are looking for ways to save money and help lower bills. When you evaluate your living situation, it turns out that there are many ways, and most of them pretty simple!, to cut your day to day costs and lower your house bills. No matter what you use that extra money for- savings, paying or debt or perhaps taking a family vacation- it’s still money in YOUR pocket! When my family made the choice for me to make the transition from working mom to stay at home mom, we evaluated our spending and thought of some easy changes we could make to reduce our spending on our everyday house bills, which ended up saving us quite a lot! I’ve included some of what we did and also other easy ways to save money at home!
Here are 8 simple things you can do at home to cut your costs and save, save, save!
1. Switch up your choice of light bulbs. This is a very simple one, and one that many people are doing now-a-days. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s) are receiving a big push right now and their advantages are great: a longer lifespan and significantly less electrical usage. Here’s a tip: when you are comparing bulbs, use the lumens number to compare bulbs, not the equivalent wattages – the lumens indicate the actual amount of light emitted by the bulb. Under normal usage (about 4 hours a day) and normal electrical rates ($0.10 per kilowatt hour), replacing a 75 watt bulb with a 20 watt CFL can save you around $0.66 per month. Multiply that by all the bulbs in your house to see how much you’ll save every month.
2. Consider installing a programable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to automatically alter the heating and cooling of your home when you’re not at home, when you’re asleep, or away traveling which can save you a significant amount of money on your heating and cooling bills.
3. Go Solar. Depending on where you live (especially here in the hot desert) installing solar panels may be one of the best things you can do to help save you money every month. By installing solar panels, you will not only save money on your monthly energy bill, but you will also be increasing the value of your home, reducing your carbon footprint and make your home more marketable if you are considering selling in the future. Sunrun is a leader in the solar panel industry and invented the Sunrun solar service, which is a way to get solar on your roof without the high upfront cost and hassle of ownership. They have fast turnaround times, a 10 year warranty, and pride themselves on trying to create a planet powered by the sun and gives homeowners a cheaper, cleaner choice for power. By installing solar, you can typically save anywhere between 50% to 90% on your energy bills which translates into money in your pocket. If you want to learn more about installing solar, check out Sunrun first- they have some of the best warranties and client reviews on the market!
4. Consider making your own cleaners. It’s no secret I love using green cleaners around here. Using homemade cleaners not only will save you money but it also will be better for the earth! Need some great recipes? Check out my three favorite natural cleaners recipes which use ingredients you probably already have at home anyways!
5. Adjust your water heater. Lower your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees to restrict heat loss. The only exception: dishwashers. Check if yours has a “booster heater” for sanitizing 140-degree rinsing. Your potential annual savings can be up to $450. So simple!
6. Install a low-flow shower head. To help reduce hot-water consumption (and energy needs), federal legislation mandated improved showerhead efficiency for models made after 1994. If you replace older models with ones that spray no more than 2.5 gallons per minute you can possibly save around $145 a year!
8. Save some water. Lowering that water bill can be easier than you think. Start by checking to be sure you don’t have any leaks or are wasting water in a running toilet. Also consider reusing water (what can be referred to as “gray water”) such as tub or shower water to water plants outside- just be sure it’s not too soapy! Other simple ways to save: have an energy efficient washer that will limit the amount of water that you use to wash your clothes, consider taking shorter showers, plant water conscious plants in your landscaping, turning off the water when you are brushing, and only wash a full load of dishes and clothes.
These are just some of the simple ways that you can save some money around the house. By doing these, you’ll be benefitting yourself by saving money but also doing the Earth a favor as well!
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How do you save money around the house? What are your favorite tips to add?
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