Today, I have another guest post for you. This one comes from Naomi Broderick. Enjoy!

Easier said than done, right? Spending money is ten times easier than saving it—but what if I told you that you can start saving your earnings just as easily with things around the home? Utility bills are scary, frustrating, and at times, seem so pointless. We end up wasting about half the energy we have in our households than actually using it. I have a couple quick techniques for you to follow to cut your utility bills in half—resulting not only in your happiness, but the happiness you’ll find when opening your wallet.

What’s the one big money spender for the house that you can think of? Yeah, you guessed it: heating and cooling of the house. Your heater and air conditioner work all day to keep your house at the right temperature. This is the biggest money sucker for your utility bills, and can easily be reduced.

  • Close the windows during the day, and keep the blinds shut. This will keep your house cool during the night hours, and will keep your house from blocking out the hot sun that comes out during the day.
  • A white roof can make all the difference. White roofs won’t absorb heat as much as black or darker roofs can hold, resulting in a lower air conditioner bill.
  • That squeaky door or window that leaves air space in your house that you keep putting off to fix? It’s better to fix that now and spend the money for it, than to lose the cool or hot air that is circulating in your home. Losing energy is worse; spend the money to get your leaks fixed, and you’ll save in the long run

The other highest utility bill that you pay for is water. You pay for water to get into your house and you pay for it to get out, essentially, the sewer system. There are a couple quick fixes here to reduce your bill in half.

  • Installing an irrigation system into your house can help big time. Irrigation systems help control the water you don’t use into the sewer system. Each month your utility company will read your meter to see what you’ve saved, and subtract that from your bill (Bankrate).
  • The water heater in your home is another big spender. Save money by turning this off or lowering the temperature when you’re away on vacation.

And finally, the third highest utility bill: lights. Keeping your lights on during the day can burn a pretty big hole in your wallet it’s estimated that an average home in the U.S. spends about $115 a year on lights alone (Life Coach).

  • Switch out light bulbs for energy efficient or “green” light bulbs. They reduce your bill substantially, and they help the environment.  Start with switching these out in high traffic areas of your home.
  • Turn off the lights! Seems like common sense, but many people forget this simple step. Leaving a light on all night can get you spending almost $10 more a year.

Utilities are a necessity—but spending that much money on them is not. By following these easy steps you can see the impact on your bills, and end up saving much more than expected. By being smart about our spending, we end up saving.

Naomi Broderick is a home safety savant and a proud mother. You can usually find her juggling her three kids or enjoying a good book.

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4 Responses to Quit Spending. Start Saving.

  1. Pamela says:

    These are great tips–thank you! I will definitely look into getting an irrigation system when I find a house to buy.

  2. I live in Denver and sun is extremely strong. It is a must to keep the blinds shut during the middle of the day or the rooms will get really hot and the air conditioning works overtime.

  3. Naomi Broderick says:

    I’m glad you both liked the article! A lot of people (including myself at the time!)don’t realize how easily they can reduce their utility bills. Glad I can help :)

  4. The good thing with saving…its accessible to most people. I mean, given your list, there are just so many areas that one can cut back on and make some savings. Especially on electricity bills…I find that with some willingness and research, this is one area that can rake in huge savings. Great and practical tips!

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