Energy Bills: Overcoming the Nightmare

How to save money on your energy bills.

If you find yourself falling into a state of shock when your energy bills arrive each and every month, you’re not alone. Millions of people are experiencing the same exact thing when they see the cost of their energy bills. Energy costs have skyrocketed and if you’re anything like me, you want to do everything you can to cut down on your energy costs. Not sure what to do? We’ve got some great answers for you.

Kill Drafts

First things first, you’re paying for the energy that heats your home so you don’t want to be throwing that heat out the window by allowing it to escape from leaks and gaps. Even small leaks and gaps can add up costs when it comes to your energy bills. Close any leaks or gaps by doors and windows with caulk to ensure that your heat is staying where it should be.

Turn Your Thermostat Down

Keep your thermostat turned down. While you may enjoy being toasty warm during the winter, lowering your thermostat by just one degree may lower your energy bill by as much as four percent. When you go to sleep or when you’re not home, turn your thermostat down even lower. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes in your energy bills.

Replace Your Light Bulbs

Replace your old-fashioned light bulbs with new compact fluorescent bulbs. These bulbs use a fraction of the energy that the older light bulbs use and give off just as much light. In fact, taking this simple step can save you literally hundreds of dollars off your energy bills over the life of the bulbs.

Wash Laundry with Cold Water

The majority of the costs involved with washing your clothes comes from the energy it takes to heat the water. By washing your clothes in cold water, you can save a substantial amount of money on your energy bills. If you’re worried about your clothes not getting clean enough, buy a cold water detergent like Cold Water Tide.

Shop Smart When Buying New Appliances

When buying new appliances make sure you shop with your energy bills in mind. Energy star appliances will get you the most bang for your buck when it comes to energy costs. Whether it be a water heater, a furnace or an air conditioning system, look for the energy star symbol.

Comments

Hi, Audri and Jim,

these are great tips. I have a number of others at
http://www.frugalfun.com/frugal.html#environmentally (several relevant articles, all availble at no charge and without registration)

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