Saving on Water, Electric, and Phone bills

by admin on October 30, 2011

Many want to save money on electricity expenses, home heating costs, and home utilities. This does not only save hundreds and thousands of dollars on bills but benefits the environment.

The first thing to do is to use less electricity at peak times. Peak hours are during the day, and utility companies charge clients a higher rate. To limit peak usage, you can run large appliances, such as dishwashers, clothes driers, and washing machines during off-peak hours. Run them early in the morning or late at night. Unplugging appliances is another way to save on electricity bills, and this is quite reasonable to do when you don’t use them. Many home appliances use a small amount of current, even if they are not turned on. This constant albeit small use results in waste and higher bills.

Let’s look at phone bills now. One strategy to reduce them is to track your talk time. If you go over your allotted minutes all the time, you may want to monitor your gabbing. Taking advantage of employer discounts is another way to save money on phone bills. Cell phone monthly rates offered by employers help workers keep some green in their pocket. You can save a lot even if you keep your cell glued to your ear. Another way to lower phone bills is to ditch the landline. What are the pros? You will be answering all calls on the go and will have only one bill to pay.

There are plenty of ways to save on water bills. One is to use the dishwasher or washing machine only when you have enough for a full load. Running the dishwasher half-full or washing partial loads of laundry waste electricity and water. Hold off on running the dishwasher or washing your laundry until you have enough for a full load.

You may be surprised, but you save money by using the dishwasher. It takes more time and water to hand-wash than to run the dishwasher. Instead of pre-rinsing the dishes, however, scrape food from them, and the dishwasher will do the rest. You may also install a faucet aerator which reduces the water flow but not the water pressure. Choose one that swivels so that you can direct water. If your faucet is a new one, it can have a faucet aerator built in. Another idea is to hold drinking water in your fridge. You won’t be waiting for the tap to get cold water this way. You may also drop in ice cubes in tap water as to chill it. When you need warm water, you can heat it in the microwave or on the stove. Installing a point-of-use water heater is another way to save on your water bill. If you often need hot water for hot drinks, dishwashing, or pots, you may think of installing an instant hot water system. This may go under your kitchen sink. It costs just a couple of hundred dollars and supplies water on turning the tap.

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