Counting the Costs: Top Strategies to Help You Save on Utility Bills

If you want to have electricity, heat, air and water each month, you have to pay your utility bills. It might seem like your utility bills increase on a regular basis, especially when the family tries to conserve as much as possible. Pay attention to the overall rate that you have to pay as some companies do tend to increase it after a period of time. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to save on your utility bills so that you aren't giving your entire check to each company.

Adding Insulation

Whether it's the cold air of winter or the heat of summer, adding insulation to the home will cut back on your utility bills. It will help to keep the heat locked in during the winter so that the home stays as warm as possible without using so much electricity. During the summer, the insulation will help to keep some of the heat from the outside away from the interior of the house while keeping the cooler air locked in place.

Checking the Units

An easy way to cut back on your electric bill is to make sure your air conditioning and heating units are checked on a regular basis. Change the filters as needed, and see that there aren't any issues with the wiring, fuses and other components that make the system operate as it should. If the unit isn't operating properly, then it will strain to keep the home cool or warm, which will mean more money out of your pocket. A heating and cooling company, such as Universal Refrigeration, can come on a regular schedule to look at the unit and perform routine maintenance.

Check for Cracks

When you're walking by a door or a window, you might feel a draft. Look around the house for small areas where heat or cold air could be escaping. If these are present, then you're pretty much throwing money away as the unit will stay on for longer periods of time because the air or heat is going outside. Weather stripping is a good product to use to seal cracks around the home.

Limit Water Usage

This is an idea that will require everyone in the home getting on board with. Limit showers to about five minutes each. A low-flow shower head will also keep water consumption at a minimum. Limit washing clothes to one or two days a week and only when there is a full load to wash.

When it comes to the utility bills, they have to get paid if you want to live in comfort. However, that doesn't mean that you have to pay high prices. Talk to the family about limits set forth and how to conserve as much energy as possible so that everyone saves money together.

About the author

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.


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