Save Money on Utility Bills

Tips on How to Reduce Monthly Utility Bill Costs

By Mark J. Donovan

There are a number of steps you can take to save money on utility bills during the winter months, and even throughout the entire year. By simply turning down the temperature in your home a couple of degrees during the winter months, and wearing slightly warmer clothes, you can shave off 5% or more on your winter home heating bills. Also, by installing programmable thermostats in your home, you can save additional money by configuring the heat to turn to a comfortable temperature only while you’re expected to be home.

Most programmable thermostats have day and evening settings, as well as weekday and weekend settings, to maximize utility bill savings.

If you have ceiling fans you can simply flick a switch on them to have the blades turn the opposite way they do in the summer months. By doing this simple task your ceiling fans can force warm air down into the living area of the home/rooms during the winter months. Remember warm air rises. By changing the rotation of the fan blades they push the warm air downwards.

If you have a hot air heating system make sure to change the air filter every 2 to 3 months. Clogged air filters make it harder for the heating system to pump warm air throughout the home. Also, regardless of what type of heating system you have, it should be inspected and serviced by a license HVAC technician annually. This way they can make sure it is operating both safely and efficiently.

Another way to save money on utility bills is to make sure the exterior doors and windows are well insulated and caulked.

If necessary, add door and window weatherstripping. These simple steps can dramatically reduce cold drafts within the home and lower monthly utility bills.

Also, make sure that your attic is properly insulated and that there is an attic cover over the attic ladder. Attic ladders are notorious for letting warm moist air from the living areas of the home escape up into the attic.

In terms of saving money on electric utility bills, use compact fluorescent light bulbs wherever possible. In addition, put exterior lights on timers so that they automatically shut off after being activated or turned on. Also invest in Energy Star rated appliances. New home Energy Star rated appliances can dramatically lower electric bills as they typically use 20 to 30% less energy than their older counterparts.

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