Summer is truly a fun time but can also be extremely hot. Most of us don’t think twice about keeping the house cool until we get the mail and the utility bill stares up at us with the highest number we’ve ever seen. I like my house cold enough that I don’t sweat while inside and can work comfortably. Outside of summer, each season brings along its own contribution to a high utility bill. Below are a few ways you can lower that utility bill for less of a surprise on bill day.
- Turn the air off when you’re not home if possible. Sometimes we have pets so we can’t turn off the air but you can at least make it not as cold in the house. So, if it’s usually set on 70, turn it up to 75. However, if you don’t have any living things at home when you leave, turn it off completely. A house only takes a few minutes to cool down once the air is on, so nobody will die when you get home, to wait for it to be cool. Same with the furnace.
- Don’t splurge every day. I say splurge because keeping your air super low every day is a splurge because it costs money. Same with the furnace. Put on more clothes and don’t have the heat so high all the time. Some days, it’s ok to turn it up, but try to find a comfortable spot for both the air and the heat and leave it. You’re really not having to sacrifice anything because you truly won’t know the difference.
- Do a house sweep. There’s always some light, fan, etc. going in the house so every time you leave or go to bed, make a sweep of the house and make sure it’s all off.
- Ease up on the water usage. Let’s admit it, many of us or our kids let the water run as we brush our teeth, or the toilet is flushed excessively. Maybe you’re like me and do a load of laundry and then forget to put it in the dryer so you have to wash it a second time. Either way, pay attention to how much water you’re going through. You’re charged twice for water—when it comes in and when it goes out in your drain as sewage.
- Check vents and filters. If you have vents in your home, they can sometimes get closed without knowing it. Make sure they’re open because that will allow you to avoid turning up the heat or lowering the air to compensate. Filters will also cause this same issue. Make sure filters are changed or cleaned on a regular basis.
- Do the dishes yourself. I know, it’s so easy just to throw them in the dishwasher, however, the washer goes through many gallons of water to wash just a few dishes compared to your maybe 3 gallons to fill your sink. It’s worth it.
- Unplug appliances. Yep, unplug the computer or shut it down; unplug the DVD player that has the consistent light on, etc. Pointless energy that adds up over time especially if you have multiple things like this.
- Check for holes and spaces. Check the bottom of your doors, around your windows, holes in random places, etc. All of these allow heat and air to seep out, which makes a huge difference in a utility bill.