Looking to reduce your utility bills? Well I have a few tips for you!
Replace your standard bulbs with LEDS
I would replace all the bulbs with LEDs right off the bat. They’re going to last a very long time anyway. Also, you can install dimmers for the main bulbs to reduce electricity. You have to be careful here about product selection, because not all dimmers actually reduce consumption and not all LED bulbs are dimmable.
Dry clothes on a rack or line
Another idea is to dry clothes on a rack or line. It takes a bit getting used to, but avoiding that damn dryer can save you quite a bit, depending on how often you wash clothes.
Change out your shower-head
For shower-heads, you are probably looking for something at 1.5 GPM or lower. Taking shorter showers will help as well.
Get out of the house
The less time you spend in your house, the more you’ll save on heating and cooling. If you have interests that involve being outside, feel free to capitalize on that. During the summer, you can save on cooling costs by cooking outside on a grill. You can also invest in a smart thermostat. Some smart thermostats can automatically learn when the house is likely to be occupied, and when it is likely to be empty. This allows it to automatically pre-heat or pre-cool the house, so that it’s at a comfortable temperature when a resident arrives. If the residents’ lifestyle changes, these smart thermostats will gradually adjust the schedule, maintaining energy savings and comfort.
Find alternative forms of entertainment
Find alternative forms of entertainment that don’t involve running a big TV for a few hours. If you like the news in the morning, you can listen to a similar news program on your phone using TuneIn.
Check the insulation in your attic and other areas. If there is a lack of proper insulation, take care of that or you’re going to blow a bunch of money in heating/cooling costs. Also check to see if there are air leaks around windows and doors. Get some weather stripping foam to minimize this.
Probably the most universal advice I can give is to just look at everything that uses electricity or water and figure out ways to use it less or find an alternative that uses less or none at all.