How to Save Money Around the House
Saving money doesn’t always have to involve major lifestyle changes. Sure, creating a budget and tracking your spending are great ways to start saving, but there are also many small savings to be found in your house if you know where to find them.
Here are a few easy tips to help you start saving money around the house.
IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM
Try doing all of your laundry on the same day. Your dryer will be continuously warm so you will save energy costs of heating it up each time you turn it on.
Keep the laundry room door closed, especially in the summer when you want the house to stay cool, since dryers release so much heat. And if you can, dry your clothes in the evening, especially in the summer, so your A/C unit doesn’t have to overcompensate to cool your home.
IN THE KITCHEN
Dishwashers are very energy efficient now, so it’s usually better to use it instead of continuously running hot water to hand wash. Air dry your dishes once the wash cycle is complete to save energy. If you run it after dinner, open it before you go to bed so the dishes can dry overnight and be ready to put away the next morning. Be sure you don’t over pack your dishwasher. Loading it too full prevents some dishes from being washed properly, which means you will have to rewash them.
As for cooking, in the winter when you’re done with your oven and turn it off, leave the door open so you can use that extra heat to warm your house.
In the summer, rather than using your oven and adding heat to the inside of your home, try to grill outside more often. A counter-top convection oven is also a great option for cooking without over heating your home.
REDUCE THE AIR CONDITIONING ENERGY
Chances are your air conditioning uses the most energy on your electric bill during the summer.
To cut costs, open the windows at night to access cooler air, then close them early in the morning to trap that cool air in your house. Wean yourself off of the lower temps by raising your thermostat by a degree or two each week. It may not be comfortable at first, but your body will adapt, and your electric bill will be much lower.
LIGHTING AND ENERGY STEALERS
Search out energy zappers in your home. At night, after you turn the lights out, anything that still glows is using energy. This could be your laptop, phone chargers, or stereo equipment. These are frivolous energy drainers that add to your electric bill every month, so turn them off or unplug them.
Add power strips for your TV, stereo, DVD player, and other gadgets that can be plugged into the same area. At night, turn off the power strip. This will also protect you from power surges during a storm.
IN THE BATHROOM
The larger your family is, the more towels you are probably using. All of these towels adds up to more laundry and higher energy bills.
Instead of everyone grabbing a fresh towel every time they hit the shower, try to reuse your towels so each person uses only 1 or 2 towels a week.
Go through your bathroom cabinets, do you have a massive product overload that you need to start using up? If you have 6 bottles of half-empty shampoo, use it or get rid of it (but preferably use it since you paid for it!).
You don’t have to look too hard to come up with little ways to save money around the house. Just be aware and on the lookout for energy zappers so you can catch them quickly.