A typical single-family home spends over $2,000 a year on energy bills.1 If you’d like to trim your utility bills, check out these money-saving tips:
- Cook with your microwave instead of your stove whenever possible. It’s the most energy-efficient way to cook and could be faster than an oven.2
- Make sure your faucet is all the way off. One drip per second can waste up to 1,661 gallons of water per year.3
- Unplug appliances like toasters and coffee machines when not in use. The standby power in these products can cost you up to $100 per year.4
- Wash your clothes with cold water unless they require hot or warm water. You can avoid using energy to heat the water.
- Wait for a full load each time you wash. If you reduce your number of loads by 25%, you could save over 3,200 gallons of water per year.5
- Air dry your clothes outside or use an indoor drying rack. Either way, your dryer will remain off duty.
- Plug your entire entertainment center into one smart power strip. They help save money by preventing electronics from drawing power when off or not in use.6
- Change all of your lightbulbs to LEDs. Energy-efficient light bulbs last 3-25 times longer than traditional incandescents and use between 25-80% less energy.7
- Add energy-efficient window treatments to each window. They can help reduce summer heat gain and winter heat loss.8
- Switch to a water-efficient showerhead and save money in two ways. One, you’ll use less water per minute.9 Two, you’ll use less hot water.10
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving in the sink. You could save up to 3,000 gallons of water per year.11
- Replace your old toilet with a modern, high-efficiency toilet. Just one new toilet could save you $110 per year in water costs, and $2,200 over its lifetime.12
- Turn down your thermostat while you sleep. If you dial it back at night and during the day when you’re not home, you could save up to $180 per year on energy bills.13
- Add a blanket to your bed during cooler months. It costs less to cozy up under a blanket than to raise the heat for your entire home.
- Make sure your ceiling fan spins counterclockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter. This can improve comfort and keep you from raising or lowering the thermostat.14
A home full of savings
By changing a few habits and upgrading some hardware, the potential to save money exists in each room of your home. Once you start seeing results, you might be inspired to save money in other ways!
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2. ENERGY STAR. “Room-by-Room Savings: The Kitchen.” Energystar.gov.
https://www.energystar.gov/about/newsroom/the-energy- source/room-by-room-savings-kitchen (accessed January 9, 2018).
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4. Royden-Bloom, Amy and Kidd, Amy. “Warding Off Energy Vampires and Phantom Loads.” Energy.gov. https://energy.gov/eere/articles/warding-energy-vampires-and-phantom-loads (accessed January 10, 2018).
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https://www.energystar.gov/about/newsroom/the-energy-source/roombyroomsavingslaundryroom (accessed January 10, 2018).
6. Earle, Lieko and Sparn, Bethany. “Choose the Right Advanced Power Strip for You.” Energy.gov. https://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/choose-right-advanced-power-strip-you (accessed January 10, 2018).
7. Energy.gov. “How Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs Compare with Traditional Incandescents.” Energy.gov. https://energy.gov/energysaver/how-energy-efficient-light-bulbs-compare-traditional-incandescents (accessed January 10, 2018).
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https://www.energystar.gov/about/newsroom/the-energy-source/room-room-savings-bedroom (accessed January 9, 2018).
14. ENERGY STAR. “Ceiling Fan Installation and Usage Tips.” Energystar.gov. https://www.energystar.gov/products/lighting-fans/ceiling-fans/installation-usage-tips (accessed January 9, 2018).