Reduce Utility Bills



Reducing monthly bills is just one more way to save money on your household budget.  While air conditioning and heating are responsible for a good portion of utility costs, there are other areas where you can take measures to conserve energy and save on utility costs.



Hot Water Heater:


1.  Blanket your water heater with an approved insulation jacket.

2.  Set the hot water temperature at 120 or lower unless you have a dishwasher, in which case you should follow the recommended guidelines.

3.  Insulate your hot water pipes.

4.  Use cold water in the washer rinse cycle.

5.  Clean and maintain your water heater.  Drain the water from the bottom of the water heater tank to remove sediment.  Do this at least one or two times per year.

6.  Take showers instead of baths.

7.  Reduce wasted water.  Fix leaky faucets promptly.



Small Appliances and Lights:


1.  Use florescent bulbs.

2.  Turn off small appliances and lights when not in use.

3.  Install dimmer switches to reduce energy used by lights.

4.  When buying new appliances, look for units with auto shut-offs to reduce wasted energy.

5.  Unplug TV, cable box, computer, and other electronic devices while away from home.

6.  Only leave items plugged in around the house that you use all the time.  Plugged in appliances that are turned off are still using energy!



Large Appliances:


1.  Use the energy saving cycle on the dishwasher and wash full loads only.

2.  Clean drains and / or filters regularly on all applicable appliances to increase efficiency.

3.  Only wash clothes when you have a full load.

4.  Use the smallest pan possible when cooking, and cover pots to retain heat.

5.  Reduce stovetop and oven use. Use a crock pot, toaster oven, or microwave whenever possible.

6.  Turn off burners and oven just before cooking is completed.  The burners will continue to give heat and will finish cooking the food.

7.  Avoid opening oven door during baking.

8.  Avoid excessive opening of refrigerator door.

9.  Let hot items cool before placing in refrigerator.

10.  Make sure the door gaskets have a tight seal on refrigerator.

11.  Ask your local utility company to do an energy assessment on your home.