Today’s inflation rates are no secret. People all over the country are working hard to keep up with the rising costs of …virtually everything! However, there are small changes you can make within your home that can help you save money without putting your home value at risk.
- Switch to LEDs – There are a number of reasons to switch to LED bulbs. According to Energy.gov, the average LED bulb uses up to 90% less energy than incandescent lighting. Switching even just a few bulbs in your house to LEDs can add up to some significant savings. Additionally, they last up to 25 times LONGER than incandescent light bulbs, so they don’t need to be changed nearly as often.
- Use curtains as insulation – Consumer Reports recommends keeping curtains closed on sunny days, “, particularly on the side of the house or apartment where the sun is coming in.” Making sure curtains are closed before leaving the house during the summer is a great way to passively save money and keep your home cool! It is important to note that the fabric and color of drapes and blinds can affect their efficiency.
- Water plants in the morning – Using the sprinklers midday is not nearly as effective, as a significant amount of water is lost to evaporation, according to Southern Living. Save on your water bill by watering your plants in the morning, during the cooler hours of the day. However, avoid overnight watering, as fungus can grow when evaporation doesn’t happen quickly enough.
- Weather-proof around doors and windows – Achieve immediate savings by sealing air leaks around doors and windows with caulk and/or weatherstripping. This prevents excess air and moisture from entering and exiting your home and requires you to use less energy to maintain a comfortable atmosphere. Save between 5% and 10% on energy bills.
- Don’t crank your thermostat too far in either direction – Avoid setting your thermostat on a colder setting than normal; Energy.gov reports that doing this won’t cool your home any faster, but rather, could result in unnecessary expense and excessive cooling.
- Use the toaster oven! – When possible, opt for using the toaster oven. Energystar.gov reports that toaster ovens use anywhere between 50% to 70% less energy than a full-sized oven!
- Use power strips – Appliances like TVs, coffee makers, computers, etc continue to use power even when they aren’t in use. This can add a whopping 10% to your utility bill, increasing it by $100 to $200. Connecting your various devices to an easy-to-switch-off power strip is a great way to stop such a slow money burn.