These savings tips are not painful and will help your pocketbook while helping the environment.
By skibum1910 from Prospect, KY
These are all excellent money-saving tips. I'd add two more:
First, if several things are on a surge suppressor and you're not going to turn any of them on, switch off the power to the surge suppressor. I wouldn't recommend doing this with anything irreplaceable or expensive, but it does help with the bill.
Second, be conservative with water even in the bathroom. Turn off the water when you're brushing your teeth and only turn it back on long enough to rinse. If you're comfortable turning off the shower while you wash your hair and self, do that. (This strategy didn't work for me.) Last but not least, check that the faucets are off before you leave the room. We had a third person staying with us for a few months (he recently moved,) and when we got a water bill half again the norm for us, we investigated. Not only had the long-term guest left water running while he brushed, he left it on when he left the room! Needless to say, we didn't let that happen twice!
We added insulation in our attic and I was amazed at how much it helped with temperature control not only in the winter but the summer. It's about 7 degrees cooler on the first floor. Here's a neat diagram that explains where you need insulation, it can help all over the house!
Your TV, dryer and computer use the most energy of all appliances. Turn off the TV or computer when you're done with it. Try running the dryer for half the time you're supposed to. Lots of times, things dry faster than you think. Read more books. Take a walk.
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