Simple Ways To Save On Your Energy Costs


Who doesn’t want to save money? Who doesn’t want easy ways to save money? With a small investment and a little time, you could save hundreds of dollars. All it takes is a few simple changes around the house and some new habits.

Give a few of these a try.

Clean the dryer lint trap. Scooping out the built up lint after every time the dryer runs, you will not only save over $30 a year. You will also save wear and tear on your dryer.

Wash clothes in cold water instead of warm or hot. Your clothes will get just as clean, and you will save a few dollars.

Close the closet doors. By not heating or cooling these areas in your home, you could save up to $50 in energy costs.

Shut the blinds. If you use blinds to shut out the sun on summer days, you can save money on your air conditioning bill.

Switch to generic or homemade cleaning products. You don’t really need name brand cleaning products to get the job done. You can get the same results with generics that will cost less. For even greater savings, you can make your own products with every day products such as vinegar, baking soda, and ammonia.

Switch conventional bulbs to LEDs or CFLs. While LED and CFL bulbs cost more initially, they can save you up to $150 a year in energy costs.

Turn down the brightness on your TV. Manufacturers ship TVs with the brightness all the way up for a nicer store display. By turning the brightness down, you will save money and wear and tear on your TV. You won’t even miss the change in the display.

Change those filters. You should change the filters on your furnace every three months. Your furnace will operate more efficiently. You should change the filter on your air conditioner as well.

Use a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat lets you lower the temperature when you aren’t there and raise it when you are coming home automatically. This can save you hundreds of dollars over the course of a year of heating and cooling.

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Kiera Collins

Kiera is a writer, wife, mother, office manager, and home zoo keeper.

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