How to Cut Back on Utility Costs This Summer

May 16, 2017
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Most of our monthly expenses fall on recurring bills such as rent, water, electric, food, and other essentials to daily life. But what if there was a way to cut back on some of those pricey necessities? Especially during the summer where warmer climates can make your utility bill spike.

As it turns out, cutting back can be fairly easy. With a few adjustments and a couple of daily best practices, you can thicken your wallet and spend more on what matters to you: living life.

Be Mindful of What You Use

We’ve all heard the phrase “waste not, want not,” yet it’s so easy to overlook the amount of electricity and water we use on a daily basis. Think about how often you leave the lights on or keep your home cooled while you’re away. Just paying attention to your surroundings and what you’re using can really help you slim down your monthly water and electric bill.

If you’re planning to leave the home for several hours, adjust your thermostat to the low-to-mid 80’s. You want the temperature to be high, but not so high that it takes a lot of energy to reduce it back to a comfortable degree. Remember, your home is hottest during the heat of the day, which means it is hardest to cool during those hours, too.

When cooling your home back down, make sure you don’t try lowering your thermostat too dramatically in attempt to expedite the process. This can harm your system. Instead, set it back to the temperature you desire. A well-maintained air conditioning unit will get the job done quick enough.

Create a Home That’s Energy Efficient

We live in an era where energy efficiency is possible, but still remain in a state of luxury in spite of all the ways we can reduce our usage. Stop being a glutton for electricity. Instead, make a few easy changes that will help you lower your rate of use.

Ways you can do this include installing window coverings or hanging thick curtains over your windows. In fact, you can even make the latter yourself! It doesn’t take an expert to purchase a few cuts of cloth and you’ll be amazed at how many different styles you can find on Pinterest. Just make sure the cloth is thick enough to block the sunlight when spread across your window.

Another green option is planting trees around your home to shade it. Trees are excellent at dropping the temperature beneath their shade by a couple of degrees. You just want to make sure that you don’t plant them too close, as they can pose a danger to your home during a storm.

Lastly, choose energy efficient bulbs. While the lighting can look different, they last longer and use significantly less electricity. It’s a worthy investment for you and your wallet.

Just putting these few tips into practice can really impact your utility bill! So what are you waiting for? Get out there and go green today!

 

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