There are ways to save larger amounts on your water and electric bills other than turning off lights before you leave a room or filling washing machines with a full load before you turn them on. While these tips do save, there are more ways to create a smaller monthly bill. Here are a few tips to save you more money.
Today, it’s important that we find various ways to save money. Saving money on the heating bill is imperative; due to the affects on the environment and on the wallet. There are several key elements to saving money. From weather stripping to landscaping ideas, these go beyond simply using the correct light bulb or turning off a light before you leave the room.
A perfectly sealed, airtight home is virtually impossible to obtain. Caulking is one way of keeping the cold air out and the warm air in or vice versa during the summer months. Increased comfort levels and money saved on heating expenses makes the price of the caulking minimal in comparison.
There are many types of caulking, for various purposes. Silicone is ideal for sealing metal, glass, glazed tiles and even plastic surfaces. Silicone will stick where you need it to, flex when it pulled and it does not shrink up over time.
Caulking that is in the acrylic latex family, works well as a general, all-purpose type of sealant. It sticks to porous surfaces such as wood and concrete best. All purpose caulking can be used for both the inside and outside areas of the home. The acrylic latex caulking works well in the bathroom and kitchen areas as well.
Polyurethane caulking provides a long-lasting, flexible sealant that works on both porous and non-porous surfaces.
Any caulking maintained around a wood stove, fan motor, light fixture or heat source of any type should be labeled as heat-resistant.
Do not caulk if the environment is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The compound stiffens up and becomes impossible to work with.
Only use caulking for its intended use. Never use an outdoor sealant product indoors. Clean the area in order to prepare for caulking applications and allow it to dry thoroughly before applying the caulking. Always consider the ventilation setbacks of caulking certain areas of the home.
With the new light bulbs available on the market, it is easy to save money by choosing the proper bulb for each area of your home. The wattage rating on the end of the bulb is intended to show how much electricity a light bulb will use and not how bright it is. The compact fluorescent bulbs help save much more electricity than the average bulb. They can last up to ten times longer than the incandescent bulbs too.
Look for the ENERGY STAR fluorescent bulbs, as they will use 75 percent less energy than regular bulbs. A 100-watt incandescent bulb can put out the same amount of light as two of the sixty watt bulbs, while using less energy.
Taking down and cleaning all the light fixtures in your home can help achieve maximum lighting power. Dust, bugs and debris can collect in the fixtures and inhibits less light output.
Only 5 to 8 percent of a standard incandescent bulb’s energy will be used to manufacture light. The remaining energy will be released as heat.
Lamps can give you more light for the money if they are placed in corners of a room, where they reflect light off of at least two walls. Devices such as dimmers, timers and motion detection equipment can save you money on your lighting bill. It’s nice to come home to a lit hallway or room, however wasted light is needless when there are timers to save that wasted energy.
Halogen lamps come with reflectors that help focus the light. These lights use less energy than an incandescent bulb, in fact, up to forty percent less. Halogens can be utilized in the garden areas, pathways and indoors too.
Purchasing and installing a water-saver flush kit can improve the water wasted in filling the toilet. This can save thousands of liters of water per year. Replacing an old-style larger toilet with a smaller flush model will save up to 70 percent of the water that is used to flush a toilet.
Energy efficient shower heads and flow controllers can save on the water bill without reducing the water pressure. Up to sixty percent of water can be saved with this type of head, rather than the use of a conventional shower fixture.
Check for leaks throughout your home! Faucets and fixtures that drip can use up to 9000 liters or almost 2378 gallons of hot water every year and can be reduced by replacing the washers.
Believe it or not, you can landscape your yard to assist you in energy reduction for your home. Planting trees and shrubs around your house can not only help with noise pollution from traffic use but can also keep down those wind gusts that keep your home colder. Planting trees that lose their leaves during the fall will allow sunshine into the home during the winter and with the leaf production in the spring, can produce shade in the summer to help out with cooling costs.
Ground floor windows that face directly into the setting sun can be covered with trellises that house climbing vines or perennials. Evergreen shrubbery that is planted outside of basement walls allow the warmth in during the winter and fall months, while keeping things cooler in the hot sun of the summer months.
Flowers that are taller in growth patterns help hold in moisture. Less time is spent watering flower beds and mowing the lawn that is in a shadier area created by tall plants, saving water.
To reduce water usage, plan out a low-maintenance landscape that allows nature to take care of the watering details. Reduce the amount of lawn around the home. Plant plenty of shrubs, trees and grasses in your garden areas to cut way down on watering during the hottest part of the year. Use rain barrels or roof drainage to keep water on hand that won’t cost you anything. Mulch often to reduce loss of water around shrubs, trees and in your lawn. Use an irrigation system that is set for a small time during the week to water with the use of a timer.
Small steps such as these can help keep your water and electric bill down. These may not seem like a huge leap towards reducing your bill, however all of these tips will reduce monthly costs more than you think. During a year’s time, the amount saved can be staggering.
For more tips on how to save money on your electric & water bill, read part two.