I’m all about saving money any where I can. With today being the first day of Spring! It’s time to take a look at the house and see how we can save money there. Here are a few ideas to help you save money.
1. Turn down the thermostat. Either turn up the AC so it’s a little warmer or turn the heat down so it’s running cooler (depending on your part of the country).
2. Run your washer after everyone has taken showers. This will have the water heater running once during the day.
3. Get a tankless water heater. Water will be heated on demand, versus waiting for you. It’s more expensive, but should save you in the long run.
4. Turn the water heater down. According to Energy.com you can save 3-5% for every 10 degrees you turn down the temperature on your heater.
5. Turn off lights when not in use. If you are not in the room, turn off the lights. My kids are horrible for this (working on them) to save money.
6. Use CFL bulbs. They use about 75% less energy. Energy.com has more information.
7. Unplug plugs that are not in use. They draw phantom loads waiting for you to turn them on. TVs are a big on. If you are going away, consider unplugging them (leave them plugged in if you have a DVR or plug in the DVR so your shows are recorded if you want). Any appliances that are not needed to be on, can be unplugged. Look for other items that can be unplugged.
8. Replace windows/doors. In the winter, we loose a lot of energy from our windows and doors. We have been replacing them as we can afford. I have noticed the kids rooms are much warmer in the winter. We had less drafts by the doors are we got storm doors until we can replace the doors themselves.
9. Check doors/windows for drafts. This is good to do a cooler windy day. You will feel the wind easier so you can fill the areas with insulation.
10. Run fans/ceiling fans to distribute the air throughout the house.
11. When it’s cold, bake! This will provide some heat. If it’s hot, out, grill outside!