Water and electric utility bills consume a huge chunk of our monthly budget. Utility costs can hold you hostage. You want to lower them, but you also need water and electricity to live.
Never fear because you can cut your bills without cutting corners. And with these frugal ideas on how to cut your water and electric bills, you can not only conserve water and energy for the environment but also you can save thousands of dollars each year which you can invest for a passive income.
Let’s enumerate each of these frugal ideas:
End water-bill woes. A few cheap, simple changes can slash your water bill. Test these tips if it can really cut your water utility bills.
Frugal Idea 1: Get a gadget. Get yourself a low-flow faucet aerator in the nearest hardware store near your location. It uses less water while increasing your water pressure. This is of great use when washing the dishes so as to avoid water being wasted from the faucet.
Frugal Idea 2: Fix leaks. A leaky toilet can waste thousands of gallons each year. Deal with dripping or leaky faucets, and check for leaks in pipes, hoses, and couplings.
Frugal Idea 3: Recylce Water. Connect gutter downspouts to rain barrels or direct them to trees and plants. In this way, you can now make use of the rain water to water the plants.
Frugal Idea 4: Add a hose nose. Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle while you water the plants or wash your car. Or better yet, use a bucket of water and a sponge to avoid continuous flow of water which are not in use.
Frugal Idea 5: Wash full loads. Cleaning less than a full load of clothes or dishes wastes both water and energy. Wash your clothes in cold water for added savings.
Cut electric costs. You don’t have to bake in summer or freeze during the rainy season to enjoy energy savings. Try these tips on how to cut your electric bills.
Frugal Idea 6: Wrap it up. Wrap an insulation blanket around your water heater. This thrifty device should pay for itself in less than a year with the savings you can make on your electric bills.
Frugal Idea 7: Drop the temp. Lower the temperature on your water heater’s thermostat to warm setting. The higher the temperature you set your water heater, the higher the electric consumption it will consume.
Furthermore, in using aircon on your bedroom, be sure to have a timer that will automatically shuts off the aircon when the room is cold enough for a comfortable sleep.
Frugal Idea 8: Change bulbs. I’ve seen this a lot in some TV advertisements. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use a quarter of the electricity of regular incandescent light bulbs. For the most savings, use CFLs to replace your 60 to 100-watt bulbs.
Frugal Idea 9: Check filters. Remember to replace or clean old furnace, aircon and heat-pump filters regularly to keep these systems running efficiently.
Frugal Idea 10: Pull the plug. Of course, definitely you should pull the plug of electric appliances not in use. Additionally, you should also “pull the plug” by replacing your old spare and inefficient electric appliances with a new and efficient one. Instead of adding a spare for space, consider upgrading your appliances.
Do you have any other frugal ideas on how to save electric and water utility bills? Share them and make some comments below.