When it comes to saving money on household bills every little bit helps. Many times smaller bills like the gas bill can get overlooked as a vehicle to save money and understandably so. If you live in California or some other warm weather place, the money you spend on heating your home is very small. In addition, if the weather is moderate you may not spend much money on air conditioning either. For those who live on the east coast however, the heating bill is an entirely different matter.
The following tips should be helpful to squeeze a few dollars out of your gas bill. You may be surprised at how much money you can actually save.
10 Tips to save money
Lower your thermostat at night to 62 degrees and when you wake up raise it to 70. You probably won’t notice the few degrees change at night but you will save money on your bill.
Use the hot wash and warm or cool rinse functions for laundry and dishes, which also will save money, as opposed to both a hot wash and rinse.
Avoid the dishwasher dry option, as it uses a lot of heat. The dishes are clean and don’t need to be hot.
Inspect under each entrance door to your house and make sure there are no leaks. Putting your hand by the door and checking for cold air is a simple way to check.
Turn down the thermostat when you leave the house for work. Setting it to around 60 degrees should be enough to protect water pipes from freezing while you’re gone.
Turn off the lights in any empty rooms.
Turn off your computer when you’re not using it.
Do your dishes and laundry at might instead of during the day. Usage costs are higher in the day than in the evening.
Don't run the dishwasher until it's full, or wash the dishes by hand to really save.
Unplug all gadgets when you’re not using them (think cell phone charger, coffee pot). All plugged in devices account for approximately 5% of your electric bill.
Am I paying more than everybody else for gas and electricity?
In addition to figuring out how you can save money on your gas bill, you might want to see how your gas bill measures up in comparison to your neighbors. A great site to help you with this is Ennovations.com.
The site offers great tips on how to save money on your utility bills and in addition you are able to compare your utility cost to your neighbors. Simply sign up (for free), enter your household information (square footage, house type, etc.), your zip code and your gas bill amount. When done you will see a profile of your expenditures and a comparison to other homes with a similar profile. By understanding what other people are paying you can easily set realistic goals for reducing your bills as much as reasonably possible.
In most states you can ask for your local electric company inspector to come to your house and give you an energy usage analysis for free. They will usually give you recommendations on items like your refrigerator, microwave, television, computer and major appliances.
In most states you can ask your local electric supplier for an energy saving booklet to give you tips on saving on your electirc bill. They will mail the book to you if you can't download it from their website.
According to the Alliance to Save Energy your house may not be very energy efficient if your furnace is over 10 years old or if you have less than six inches of insulation in your attic.
An LCD big screen TV uses half the energy of a plasma TV
The average house loses up to 20 percent of its heat or air-conditioning leakage from air ducts alone, according to Energy Star. Make sure you repair your leaky ducts and seal drafty doors, windows and baseboards.
To figure out where the leaks in your house is to light a candle near your windows and doors and see where the flame goes. Reducing drafts in a home could save you up to 30 percent on your utility bill annually.
If you need to buy household major appliances buy Energy Star rated products. Energy Star products are intended to exceed energy efficiency levels of other products by 20 to 75 percent and with Energy Star products the average household could save $400 annually.
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