As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many of us have been adapting to the “new normal” of working from home — and for children, schooling from home. Luckily, staying home can help you save a fair amount on commuting expenses. However, with more people in your home for longer periods of time, utility bills can start to put a strain on your wallet. That’s why we’ve put together some useful tips to help homeowners save on utility bills while you’ve got a full house.
Ways to Lower My Electricity Bill
When you’re trying to lower your electric bill, the first step is one you might not expect: Look for energy vampires. Energy vampires are gadgets and appliances that stay plugged in nearly all the time. The problem with keeping these electronics plugged in is that they continue to draw small amounts of power, even when they aren’t being used. It may seem insignificant, but these small amounts of electricity can add up on your utility bills quickly.
These days, your kids’ school station, as well as your home office, may well have a considerable amount of electronics that stay plugged in. The quickest and easiest solution is to simply unplug these devices when they aren’t being used. Additionally, unplugging other devices around the house – including TVs and game consoles – can help lower your electricity bills. Bonus! If the TV isn’t plugged in, it won’t be turned on. There’s one less distraction!
How to Save on My Water Bill
If you’re looking for easy ways to save money on your water bill, start here: Don’t leave water running in the sink while you’re doing the dishes, brushing your teeth, or shaving. By turning off the water when it isn’t in immediate use, you’ll lower your overall consumption during the month, leading to a less expensive water bill.
Also, by shortening the amount of time you take to shower, you can save a considerable amount of water and money. The average shower uses 5 gallons of water per minute. Cut your time in the shower just two minutes, and you can save around 10 gallons of water – every time you shower. Over the course of a month – or a year – that savings can help your water bill significantly.
Additionally, going the extra mile and installing low-flow faucets and toilets can help you save even more. By using low-flow fixtures, homeowners can reduce their overall water consumption by 30%. Not only is this a boon for your wallet, it’s also a great help for our environment.
More Great Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills
In addition to unplugging appliances and gadgets to save on electricity, being cognizant of your thermostat can help you save significantly. By keeping your thermostat temperatures set lower in the winter and higher in the summer, you can use much less electricity when heating and cooling your home. Additionally, homeowners who use space heaters in the winter and fans in the summer can save electricity while remaining comfy at home. Just be sure to unplug them when you’re done so they don’t become energy vampires!
Another way to help ensure you aren’t wasting electricity is to install a programmable thermostat. With a programmable thermostat, you’ll be able to set temperatures around your schedule, so you won’t have your HVAC system running while no one is home.
The Energy Saving Experts
Now that we’ve shared these useful tips, it’s time to start saving! Contact Lee Company to learn more about low-flow plumbing fixtures, programmable thermostats, and other ways to improve your home’s efficiency. Lee Company has been helping customers make their homes more comfortable and energy-efficient for over 75 years. We’ll be sure to find the solution that’s right for you.