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20 Gas & Electric Money Savings Tips
Did you get sticker shock when you opened your last utility bill?
If you did, you're not alone. People have reported huge increases
in their energy bills. My gas bill went up about 40%, so I decided
to make my home more energy efficient. You would be surprised just
how much you can lower your utility bills by taking a few of these
simple steps. Here are 20 quick and easy tips:
Close the heating vents.
Closing the heating vents or radiators in an unoccupied room can
save 5-10% on your heating costs.
Close the fireplace flue.
Don't let heat go up the chimney. Make sure the fireplace flue is
closed when not in use.
Turn off the pilot light.
A pilot light typically costs £3-£5 per month to keep
lit. If your heating system has a pilot light, turn it off during
Fix that leaking tap.
A faucet leaking a single drip per second can waste 400 gallons
of water a year. Besides being a tremendous environmental waste,
if that water is heated it will cost you about £8 if you heat
with electricity, £4 if you heat with natural gas - plus the
cost of the water itself.
Replace old shower heads.
According to federal regulations, new shower heads can pass no more
than 2.5 gallons per minute. By replacing old shower heads with
new ones, a family of four can save around 15,000 gallons of water
per year, which amounts to savings of over £150 and £60
for electric and gas heated water respectively.
Keep the refrigerator door closed.
Shut the fridge! Opening the refrigerator door accounts for £10
- £20 of a typical family's electrical bill each year based
on 40-60 openings per day.
Provide adequate circulation for the refrigerator.
Allow at least one inch of space on each side of the refrigerator
for good circulation. Poor circulation can increase electricity
consumption by 10%.
Keep your refrigerator cool.
A 5° F difference in air temperature can impact your refrigerator
electricity consumption by 20%. To reduce your refrigerator's work,
keep spare refrigerators in the coolest part of the house, like
Turn your computer off.
You could be spending well over £100 per year on electricity
by always leaving your computer on! Turn it off when it's not in
Set your thermostat at 78° F.
The breeze from a fan can provide you with the comfort of temperature
that is 6° F cooler. Also, during the summer, each degree that
you raise the thermostat on your cooling system typically saves
2% on your cooling bill. Energy experts recommend setting your thermostat
at 78° F or higher.
Keep your light fixtures clean.
Dirt can absorb as much as half of the light given off by fixtures,
tubes and bulbs. Keep your light fixtures clean and use less electricity.
Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Use light bulbs that produce the most light using the least amount
of electricity. Energy-efficient bulbs, such as compact fluorescent
bulbs, use 75% less energy than typical incandescent bulbs.
Turn the lights off.
Don't just leave the lights on. Lighting controls provide security
lighting when you are not home - with clock timers you can turn
lights in your home on and off automatically at preset times. Timers,
motion sensors and photo sensors are all ways to save electricity
Plant some trees.
Deciduous trees, which lose their leaves in the winter, can help
you reduce your energy costs during the summer because their foliage
provides shade. And in the winter, after their leaves have fallen,
the sun's warmth passes unobstructed into your home. Strategically
placed shrubs and vines can also reduce the effect of the sun's
Leave the thermostat alone.
If you must use air-conditioning, don't turn the thermostat lower
thinking it will cool your home faster. It won't.
Keep your thermostat cool.
Keep appliances that give off heat, like stereos and televisions,
away from your thermostat-the hot air will persuade your cooling
system to work harder.
Insulate your attic.
Adding fiberglass insulation to your attic is one of the most effective
and easy savings measures you can take yourself. Also, insulating
air ducts or pipes can conserve up to 10% of their heat.
Keep your kitchen cool.
Use a fan to draw hot air out of your kitchen when cooking. The
savings in your cooling costs far outweigh the electricity use of
Keep your dryer clean.
Don't overload your clothes dryer. And make sure you clean the lint
filter after every load. An overloaded dryer and a dirty filter,
which reduces airflow, make the dryer work harder. Dry loads consecutively
to take advantage of heat build-up. If possible, line dry clothes.
Run a full dishwasher.
Cut out pre-rinsing, load dishes according to the dishwasher manufacturer's
instructions, and use only recommended amounts of dish washing detergent.
Only run the washer when it's full - your dishwasher uses the same
amount of water regardless of how many dishes are in it. Air-dry
dishes when possible.