Six Ideas to Help Your Family Save On Household Utility Bills

After mortgage payments and groceries, utility bills are some of the largest items in a family’s budget. It’s not uncommon to see utility bills in the $200 – $400 range, or even more. With that in mind, here are six ideas to help your family save on household utility bills:

Six Ideas to Help Your Family Save On Household Utility Bills1. Adjust your thermostat.

Heating and cooling bills are directly related to the temperature at which you keep your home. To save energy, the Department of Energy recommends that you set your thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer. You might also consider installing a programmable thermostat in order to save energy when you are sleeping or away from home

2. Wash clothes in cold water.

Heating water is expensive. You can eliminate the cost of heating water for laundry by using a detergent designed for cold water. Your clothes will look just as good and you can reduce your energy usage significantly.

3. Insulate the tank of your water heater.

Another way to reduce the cost of heating water is to insulate the tank of your water heater. While simply wrapping it in a layer of insulation is effective, specially designed jackets and blankets are available.

4. Install a tankless water heater.

A Phoenix water heater expert has suggested that an even more effective way to reduce the cost of heating water is to install a tankless water heater. A conventional water heater keeps the entire tank heated even if it is not being used. Tankless water heaters, though, only heat the water as it is needed. To learn more about the advantages of a tankless water heater, you may want to check with a professional.

5. Install a reduced flow shower head.

Here’s a place where you can save on both your water bill and your electric or gas bill. A reduced flow shower head lowers the amount of water being used which also cuts back on the amount of electricity or gas needed to heat the water.

6. Wash dishes with a full load.

Another way to simultaneously reduce water consumption and the cost of heating water is to run your dishwasher only when you have a full load. Running it more frequently with partial loads wastes both water and energy.

 

Utility bills can take a large bite out of a family’s budget. By implementing the six ideas listed above, you will be able to reduce your monthly utility bills without giving up comfort or convenience.

 

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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