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Creative Ways to Save on Utility Bills

Whether you own or rent your property, utility bills are unavoidable. These bills usually include charges for electricity, gas, water, sewer, etc. While some renters get to have their utilities "included," this is because the monthly rental fee is higher. In 2010, Americans spent almost 5% of their income on utilities, with the average monthly utility spending hitting $197.00.

For many people, these numbers tend to decrease and fluctuate, depending on the season, the tenants, what kind of sewer system they have, etc. While some get away with spending pennies for their utilities, others get hit hard. If you're trying to cut back on your utility bills, there are some ways to lower the charges. Here are 7 creative ways to save on utility bills:

Weather Stripping

1. Weather Stripping

If you've noticed cold drafts in certain parts of your home, itŐs a good idea to pay attention to them and find out where they're coming from. These little drafts and small areas for air to escape and come in will do a number to your utility bills; sadly, this is a quick fix that many people don't bother with.

If you're not sure how to weather strip, fear not. The process is very easy and inexpensive, which means you can weather strip to your heart's content.

2. Real-Time Adjustments with Security Systems

Gone are the days of forgetting to turn down the heat or leaving a light on for too long. If you need an easier way to manage your home, some of the best alarm monitoring systems are equipped with controllers to give you more access to your home from the kitchen or across the world.

Spending too much on your heating bill? Use your iPad or phone to turn down the temperature once you're at work. Did someone leave their bedroom light on? Turn it off at the touch of a button. Smart security systems are now giving us the opportunity to not only protect our homes but to save on bills as well. This option is great for providing peace of mind and a little extra cash at the end of the month.

3. Low-Flow Shower Heads

Low Flow Shower Heads

Get your water bill down simply by installing low-flow shower heads in all of your bathrooms. This is a super-easy solution to high water bills, as these shower heads lessen the flow of water while still providing a comfortable stream.

This is a great idea for guest bathrooms, as well as for those who tend to spend an unnecessarily long time in the shower.

4. Use Cold for Laundry

Laundry

Ditch the hot water and go for cold, instead, when you're doing laundry. Surprisingly, about 90% of the energy used by washing machines goes toward making the water hot.

To lessen the amount of energy you're using, go for cold or warm water and ditch the hot. If you've got delicates, consider hand-washing them in the sink so you're still seeing a huge difference in energy consumption.

5. Give the Dishwasher a Break

If you're not going through a lot of dishes on certain days, save on energy and water bills by handwashing instead. This is best for pots and pans, as they take up way too much space in the dishwasher and often get a better clean by hand.

If you swear by your dishwasher, try to hold off on running it for a few days and be sure to pack it as full as you can without overdoing it. If you have time to let your dishes dry, you might also consider skipping the heat-dry option and letting the dishes air-dry instead.


6. Insulate the Attic

Attic Insulation

If you've got a spacious attic that is easily accessible, consider adding some extra insulation. This is where all of your hot air is rising, and it's likely escaping out of here as well. To save on your heating bills, make a small investment into keeping more of this warm air in the house.


7. Protect Your Hot Water Heater

If you've noticed that you're spending a lot on your water bills, try insulating your hot water heater. It's been reported that you can save up to 9% on your heating costs just by protecting the heater itself, and jackets prevent heat loss by up to 45%.

This is another budget-friendly option that is very easy to do and very cost-effective almost immediately.

Conclusion

If you're trying to lower your monthly expenses, these creative tips are very easy and budget-friendly. Even if you can't complete all of them right away, consider adopting a few of the practices now to start seeing a change in your utility bills every month.

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