Room by Room Guide to Saving on Utility Costs

We all want to save money on our utility bills. It is such a simple thing to achieve if you just know where to start and what to do. Many small changes can lead to big money savings. Here is a room by room guide to saving money on utility costs.

Family Room

Start by changing light bulbs to energy efficient light bulbs at the correct wattage for your lamps. There is no need to have a 120 watt light bulb in a 60 watt lamp. An even better way to save is to change the bulbs to florescent light bulbs, even changing one bulb can save about $60 over the life of that bulb. Also, turn the TV off when you leave the room and no one is watching. This is a big energy saver.

Kitchen

When purchasing new appliances be sure they are energy efficient. If your appliances are very old, it might be time for an upgrade. Save the stove for big meals, use the microwave or toaster oven when cooking small meals and snacks or for reheating. Unplug appliances when not in use. Things like the coffee maker, toaster, blender and others all use energy when they are plugged in. Only run the dishwasher when you have a full load, just rinse items that might have to sit a bit.

Bathroom

Consider installing a low flow shower head to save water, and only take showers when necessary – not for long hot relaxation. Hang towels to dry and reuse once or twice. Be sure the toilet doesn’t leak or run continuously, and if it does, fix it immediately to save water. If possible, install a toilet with water saving features. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.

Laundry Room

Wash clothes in cold water with special cold water detergents. Only run the washer when there is a full load of laundry. Consider hanging clothes to dry instead of using the dryer. Or partially dry clothes and hang to finish or vice versa.

Attic/Basement

Insulation is key. Insulating the walls and ceiling help save energy by keeping in heat and keeping drafts out. Insulating the water heater saves energy as does insulating pipes as it takes less time for the hot water to heat up. Turn off lights and unplug any power tools or appliances that aren’t being used.

Office

Unplug unnecessary items like cell phone chargers. Turn off the computer when not in use or put it in an energy saving mode. Only subscribe to telephone features that are necessary, avoid paying for fancy extras. Use a phone book or internet to look up numbers rather then paying for directory assistance. Consider low wattage desk lighting rather then overhead lights.

Whole House

Keep the heat turned down and consider zoned heating. Wear extra layers to keep warm rather then turning heat up. Use room by room air conditioners rather then central air. Use weather guards on windows and draft guards on doors. Turn off lights when leaving rooms.

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