Save money on your monthly utility bills

real estate, tips for buyers and renters  /   /  By junjieshi

Whether you own or rent a home, you never want to pay in utilities more than you have to. The question is can you lower your monthly bills? I’m happy to inform you that the answer is YES. There are many ways you can save money on your energy bill, water bill even gas bill. The key is to plan and be consistent with your intentions. A few smaller investments up front will save you a lot of money down the road.

We all are very busy and don’t have time to think about how to save a few bucks here and there, but those few bucks can become a large sum as time goes by. It is hard to pay more in the beginning for something which benefits you cannot feel immediately. But that’s the right thing to do. It is an investment which will pay back later. Don’t think only for today, plan for tomorrow as well.

Trust me; your valet will thank you. So, let’s take a look a few ways how you can save money and stretch your hard earned dollar.

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To save money, consider to paint your roof white

The study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Heat Island Group found that in sunny climates, buildings with white roofs required up to 40 percent less energy for cooling than those with black roofs.  You could save $120 or more per year in cooling costs, at current utility rates.

Set your water heater at 120 degrees

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that a heater set at 140 degrees or higher can waste $36 to $61 annually in standby heat losses to keep water at that temperature, and more than $400 to bring fresh water up to that high temperature.  If you are planning a vacation and you won’t be at home for a period of time, just turn your heater off and you will save even more money.

Upgrade your appliances

Many state and local governments and utility companies offer financial incentives for homeowners to upgrade their appliances to newer, more energy-efficient models. You can go to online Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, or DSIRE, to see how you can save money and find incentives in your area.

Buy a programmable thermostat

Prices on the thermostats have come down so much that installing one is a no-brainer, especially because the EPA estimates the average homeowner can save $180 per year with a properly programmed unit.

Avoid vampire energy charges.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, A staggering $10 billion is wasted every year on vampire energy, also known as standby power. “New devices automatically power down computers and other electronics when they are not in use. Otherwise, these television sets, video games and other electronics simply waste electricity,” says Suzanne Jones from Association of Energy Services Professionals. Smart power strips can help.

Replace your shower head

Do you leave your shower running while you wait for the water to heat up? You could be wasting up to 7,800 gallons of water a year if you have a family a three. Installing a Ladybug showerhead adapter with ShowerStart technology is a simple solution. This device easily installs on your showerhead and conserves hot water by lowering the flow down to a trickle until you pull a cord to resume normal water flow. At less than $30, you’ll make up the cost in savings in only a few months.


These are just the ones I found the most useful. Of course there are many other ways to save money, here are three more: 1.) Keep south-facing window coverings open during day to let in the sun’s heat and close them at night; 2.) If you have drafty doors, which is especially a problem in older buildings, purchase or make a door snake to catch cold air. A rolled up towel can also do the trick; 3.) To stop drafts from windows, purchase window storm kits for inexpensive, temporary insulation.

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  1. Cie June 11, 2015 at 5:21 pm Reply

    Be very careful if you’re turning off your water heater. Legionella can survive in up to 122 degrees F water. If you leave your water at about 120 degrees, they generally don’t multiply, but it won’t kill them. But if you leave the water down at a lower temperature for a while, they’ll have plenty of time to breed. If you come back after having turned off your water heater, be sure to increase the temperature up to about 140 for a few hours, to make sure all the bacteria is killed. Saving a few dollars a month isn’t worth your health.

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