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SAVING MONEY ON UTILITIES

Your utilities bills can get expensive. Whether you are paying for your utility bills as part of your rental agreement or not, it is important that you try as best as you can to cut down on your utility costs. Not only will you be able to save money but you will also be educing your energy output and helping to protect the environment. Make a few small changes around the house to see a big difference on your utilities bills and keep your belongings safe.

Lower your Water Bill

One of the easiest ways to save on you utility bill is to cut down on your water consumption. There are several ways to do this. One way is to take shorter showers. This is a simple solution to lower your hot water bill. Put a timer in the shower and set it for five minutes. If you have children, consider taking them in the shower with you rather than giving them a bath every night. If you have more than one child, consider bathing them together which will also reduce your water consumption.

Bathing aside, you can also lower your utilities bills by changing the way in which you do your laundry. Washing your clothes on a cold cycle will reduce your hot water costs while hanging your clothes out to dry instead of relying on your dryer will also help lower your power bills. If you do not have a clothes line in your backyard or if you live in an apartment, even letting your clothes hang dry from the curtain reel will help. If you must use your dryer, then let your clothes air dry for a few hours and then only put the clothes in for a few minutes just to get rid of any excess moisture and keep them feeling soft.

Cut Electricity Costs

To cut down on your electricity bills there are also some small changes you can make to see a big drop in your bill. The next time you blow a light bulb, head down to the hardware store and stock up on energy efficient LED light bulbs instead of the standard type. They will last a lot longer and are much better for the environment. Although they are a little more expensive, they are also designed to last 10 times longer than your traditional light bulb which means you will be changing them less often.

When you are not using a room, then turn the lights off. Open your curtains to let the natural light in during the day. Do a double check when you leave the house to ensure to have turned all the lights off. While you are at it, also turn off any unused appliances completely to reduce your energy consumption. Unplugging your appliances at the source is the best way to minimize your power consumption and also protect your appliances while you are not home.

Heating and cooling costs can be a huge killer when it comes to your utility bills, especially if you live in a hot or cold climate. Make the most out of your heater and air conditioner by always keeping the windows shut and the doors closed to rooms that you are not using. This will ensure that the air remains inside and around you rather than escaping outside.

These simple tips will help you save money on utility bills immensely. In fact, you could be looking at a 30-60 percent decrease each month by just making a few changes to how you use your power. The more power conscious you are, the lower your bills will be.

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