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5 Power Saving Tips To Ease Your Utility Bills

Everyone wishes to save money in any way they can. The best way to do this is through the utility bills you pay each month. Whether you are renting or own, there are always ways for you to lower your monthly expenses.

Here Are 5 Tips On How To Save Money On Your Utility Bills:

1. Turn Off The Lights

Turning out light bulbs when you’re not in a room is one of the simplest ways to save on your utility bills. But, of course, it’s only really possible if you have many electric appliances that use light, including lamps, monitors and televisions. 

If you like to read before sleeping, make sure all lights are turned off before you go to bed (or at least switch on a more energy-efficient desk lamp). And if you ever need access to an empty room, even if there’s no electricity running through its lights or plugged items, switch them off.

2. Use Cold Water When Washing Clothes Or Doing Dishes

Water heating accounts for about 16-20% of the energy used in your home, so even though it doesn’t sound like much, saving just 10 minutes’ worth of hot water per day can add up to big savings over time. For best results, wash any non-dry clean laundry at 40°C (105°F) and use warm water for oily cleaning jobs. This will ensure that you save money without sacrificing cleanliness. Also, another great way to save is to store as much water as possible in poly tanks.

3. Unplug Unused Electronics

When electronic equipment is switched off but still connected to an electrical outlet, it still draws a small amount of electricity. The cost is minimal, but it can be significant when multiplied by all the electronic equipment in a house or office building.

4. Use Power Strips With Remote Control Capability To Switch Off Multiple Appliances At Once

If you have a lot of appliances that draw energy even when they’re turned off, consider using power strips that let you switch off multiple items at once. For example, just plug your desktop computers into these multi-socket extension cords and then use a remote control to turn them on and off whenever needed – no more wasting energy trying to remember which electronic devices are actually turned on.

5. Turn Down The Thermostat In Winter And Up In Summer

Your heating and cooling systems use more energy than any other appliances in your house, so making small changes to them can really reduce your bills over time. The easiest way is with a programmable thermostat. 

 

This lets you remotely control your heating and cooling so that it’s not blasting away when no one needs it or is costing too much money when you’re out for extended periods of time. You can also opt to turn it down manually whenever you don’t need heat (and up when you do). If you’re ever unsure whether your surroundings need heat (or air-conditioning), just lift up one of your arms. If it feels cold, turn on the heat.

 

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