Do you enjoy wasting money on your monthly bills? Probably not, but you may waste money anyway because you don’t know the little ways to save it.
There are several quick tricks to cut your home-related costs when it comes to your utility bills. The ones we’ll look at now involve minimal investment.
In other words, you won’t have to spend a ton of money up front to make your home more efficient.
1. Close those doors and closets.
Here’s an entirely free tip that you can use to cut your cooling and heating costs.
If you have any spare bedrooms that never get used, close their doors. The same holds for any closets that sit near exterior walls.
What’s the point of closing these doors and closets? It allows you to trap warm or cool air so you won’t put as much stress on your air conditioning system. The less stress, the lower the costs to run it.
2. Install a drying rack or a clothesline.
Do you live where the sun shines brightly? Does it often get hot enough that it feels like you could cook an egg on the hood of your car? If so, use that sunlight and heat to your advantage when drying your clothes.
It costs money to run your dryer. While it can get the job done faster, letting mother nature dry your clothes will start saving you money every month.
Will there be a bit of initial investment to install the drying rack or clothesline? Yes, but the more creative you get, the less you’ll have to spend.
As long as you figure out how to get those clothes suspended in the air and under sunlight, you’ll be good to go.
3. Use a shower timer.
Do you have certain family members who love to let that shower water run as if it was free? By implementing a shower timer system, you can cut the time spent running water, and lower your costs.
It’s up to you to determine what type of shower timer you want to use. Some basic timers will have an alarm that goes off after a certain period. Others will reduce water flow and turn off according to your needs.
If you don’t want to invest in a shower timer at all, you can come to an agreement with other household members. Once set, you can use a cellphone timer or alarm to limit shower usage.
4. Cut that landline.
Are you still keeping it old school with a landline? Doing so probably results in annoying telemarketing calls at all hours.
Instead of being annoyed and overcharged by your phone company, cut that landline and switch to something cheaper.
Depending on the cell phone coverage in your area, you could rely on that for communication. You could also switch to a VoIP service for your home phone, which will still give you that “landline feeling” at a fraction of the cost.