If you are unhappy with your monthly utility bills, there are a number of easy, pain-free ways to save some money. All of these suggestions are meant to involve no sacrifice of comfort or convenience on your part, just a little thoughtful remembering and change of habit.
Switch to LED (or CFL)
This is one of the easiest ways to consistent and long-term savings. Yes, LED’s cost more upfront than regular bulbs, but they absolutely make it up for it in the long-run. Not only do they use a fraction of the energy of regular incandescent or halogen lamps, they last much, much longer too. Not to mention that their significantly lower wattage also means they put out less heat into the area being lit. This may not be a factor you notice much (since most light fixtures aren’t beaming hot from a distance), but it does add up. CFL’s are a good substitute in terms of efficiency, but be careful when handling, as they are filled with many toxic substances that can be hazardous if the bulb is broken or dropped.
Adjust thermostat when you are not home
This one is very simple and just takes a little remembering. If no one is home and you don’t have temperature-sensitive pets left inside, consider raising the thermostat in the summer or reducing in winter months to put a considerable dent in your year-round electric bill.
Insulate your doors
This one seems so obvious and yet so few people do it! Inspect your front door frames or garage door and, if there is no insulation or gaps in the insulation, consider adding some. There are lots of options available, from draft blockers that go under the door (also called door sweeps), to insulation that goes along the frame of your door. If you have not done this, it might be the single most effective means of saving electricity usage and money you can possibly do with no sacrifice of comfort. And it is pretty easy to boot.
Air dry everything – dishes, clothes, hair
Anytime you can air dry something, consider doing so. Clothes dryers, hair dryers, dishwasher drying cycles — they’re all super intensive on the electricity bill. This may or may not work for you, depending on your circumstance. But in an arid region like Vegas, it won’t take long to dry anything out the old-fashioned way.
Wash clothes on a cold setting
And lastly, washing your clothes on cold if it’s just a simple wash your after, is a really simple way to save big on your utility bill.
And there you have it. A few easy and painless ways to save money on utilities.