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A New Year Means a New Chance to Save Money

It’s a new year, so why not make it one where you save money on water, heat, electricity, and more? At our heating and cooling company, we have a few easy suggestions on how to just that (and save energy, as well!):

On Water

One of the easiest ways to save water is to use less of it. Here are three ways to do that:

  1. Install low-flow shower heads and faucets so you don’t use as much water when you take showers, wash your hands, and do the dishes.
  2. If you have a dripping faucet, get it fixed as soon as possible – even a slow drip can waste more water than you think.
  3. Before you start your dishwasher or washing machine, make sure you have a full load ready to go. If not, you’ll just waste water on fewer items.

On Heat

  1. Make sure your doors and windows are sealed well and don’t emit any drafts that can increase your heat use and in turn, your heating bills.
  2. Use a programmable thermostat to reduce your heat use when you’re sleeping or not at home.
  3. Make sure your attic is thoroughly insulated – if not, it could be letting in drafts and forcing you to use your heater more than you need to.

On Air Conditioning

  1. Invest in thick curtains that block out the sun to help keep your home cooler and in turn, lower your air conditioning bills.
  2. At night, use overhead fans, box fans, and open your windows to generate the flow of cool air instead of relying on your air conditioning.
  3. Change your HVAC unit’s filter after each season to make sure the airflow isn’t restricted

On Electricity

  1. If you’re not using something, turn it off. This includes lights, the television, fans, and more.
  2. Install energy-efficient light bulbs like CFLs or LEDs instead of incandescent bulbs and you could save up to 80% on your electric bill.
  3. Limit your use of things that use a lot of electricity such as hair dryers, dishwashers, coffee makers, toaster ovens, and more.

On Everyday Items

  1. Instead of spending money on all brand-name things, you can save anywhere from $50-$500/month money by buying generic.
  2. Save some money by making your own household cleaning products (that clean just as well!). For example: mix a lemon with borax to get a powerful cleaner that can remove rust stains.
  3. Check the internet for coupon codes before you buy anything online.