I am always on the lookout for tips for cutting my bills. Here are some new ones I have just discovered, to share with you:
- Re-use bubblewrap to insulate windows. Whether you do this on the windows of your home or greenhouse, it will save you money on heating and cooling
- Make sure you regularly dust or vacuum your radiators and vents to stop dust from accumulating. Dust can obstruct the flow of heat or cool into the rooms where you need it. It can also be a preventable fire hazard
- Spend a few minutes every month cleaning the coils under and behind your refrigerator. This allows the motor’s heat to escape efficiently. The fridge therefore doesn’t have to work as hard, and you save money
- Clean the filters of all your electrical appliances so they can work to full capacity: dishwasher, washing machine, clothes dryer, vacuum cleaner, air-conditioner, etc.
- Check the seals on your refrigerator and freezer. The easiest way is to close the door with a piece of paper pressing between the seals. If it holds in place, the seals are working perfectly. If it drops straight through, it is time to replace your fridge and/or freezer’s seals
- Pumps use a lot of electricity. Consider putting a cover over your pool and/or spa when not in use, so that you use less power. You save on the costs of electricity and chemicals required to keep the water sparkling
- Match the size of the burner on your stove top to the pot size to avoid wasting heat
- If you have tropical fish tanks, during summer [ or if you have a heater on all day during winter ] consider setting the tank temperature lower to save electricity. Of course, lower the temperature g r a d u a l l y … certainly no faster than one degree every few days, and keep an eye on the fish !
- If you live in a cold climate, look into installing insulation wrap around your hot water service outlet pipes, to reduce heat escaping. This will reduce the amount of ‘Hot’ you need to run, before you actually get the ‘Hot’
- Hold a lit incense stick near all external doors and windows inside your home. If there is a zephyr of smoke drifting, you need to add weatherstripping to reduce drafts and lower your heating and cooling costs
- After you’ve finished baking in your oven and turned it ‘Off’, leave its door open to warm your rooms during winter. My grandmothers both used to do this. They would each have big bakeoffs, so we kids enjoyed the smell and warmth while eating all the freshly cooked cakes and puddings
- Vacuum less often. I am not talking about ‘living dirty’. If you have a broad expanse of hard floor surfaces like tiles, linoleum or wooden floorboards, use a broom or dusting mop. You will not only save electricity but also burn some extra calories.
- Check your showerhead regular to see if the spray holes are getting smaller. In some areas you can get calcification and lime deposits that will eventually clog the showerhead completely. You can either remove the showerhead to clean it, or secure a plastic bag around it, filled with a cleaning compound. This will save you turning the taps on harder than required, thus saving you water
- When you are in the shower stall and the water is too hot, do you automatically turn the cold water tap on more ? It is more cost-effective to turn the hot water tap down, and vice-versa if the water is too cold
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What inventive ways do you use to save money on your bills?