|Written by Jaleanna|
Â Ever feel like your money is just going out the window? Take control of your life by reducing the amount of money spent on bills. Little things really do add up at the end of the month. Saving money is the same as making money. We can't control being unemployed but we can control how much we waste. Try these steps to stretching your energy dollar.
Step 1. Lower the heat meter
It does not need one to be a rocket scientist to realize that lessening on the heat by a degree or two wonâ€™t save loads of cash on electricity bills. An automated Energy Star programmable thermostat adjust the temperature automatically for you when you're away or asleep and will eventually save you more than twice its cost within a year.
Step 2. Take down the water temperature
Purchase a dishwasher booster heater, which gets the temperature back to 140 degrees, necessary for proper cleaning, and turn the gauge down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If you donâ€™t have a gauge just lower the temperature until the water feels just tepid.
Step 3. Remove energy suckers from the sockets
Electrical appliances that operate on remote continue to drain loads of energy while on standby. Always employ the power strip, and flip the switch when you're not using them. Or you could either buy a device such as the Smart Power Strip. They will cost you about $31 to $44 at www.smarthomeusa.com. They stop the appliances from drawing electricity when the gadgets are turned off.
Step 4. Prevent drafts
Leaks through the attic and any other air leaks increases the amount of energy required to keep the room warm. Put caulking drafty windows and weather-stripping doors throughout your home. This will save you lots of money on energy bills.
Step 5. Use the sun to your advantage
Why invest heavily on solar panels when you can tap the sun directly. During winter keep your blinds open and let the sun in. the sun will definitely warm the place. During summer, close the shades in particular those on the south and west sides of your house to block the sun rays during the hottest days
Step 6. Keep the refrigerator In mind
The refrigerator is the greatest consumer of power at home. Keep the refrigerator doors tight and always check the temperatures and maintain them at about 0 degrees Celsius. You can test the tightness of the doors by putting a paper by the door. If the paper comes out easily then you must fix it before the bills start rising. Loads of dust make the refrigerator to be inefficient hence using more energy. Vacuum all the coils on the back of the refrigerator at least twice a year to ensure top efficacy and ultimately lower bills.
Step 7. Give some appliances less attention
Instead of using the timer to trim energy set the drier on the moisture sensor it will definitely save the energy costs by 15 % more. Or simply just turn off the drier and hang your clothes outside. (GASP!)