Many of us cringe when we see the arrival of our Gas/Electric bills. You know the amount isn’t going to be pleasing and many feel there is nothing that they can do. Contrary to popular belief, there is a fair bit that families can do to save energy and cut their utility bills down. By following the money saving tips in this article, you will save both energy and money.
The first money saving tip you could try, is to compare prices of utility companies. There may be cheaper options available to you. These companies have to compete like any other which could result in substantial savings for you.
If you live in an area with one utility company, or yours is the cheapest option, then your next option is to try to use less energy. This may seem impossible but it isn’t. Even by applying very simple energy saving techniques, you can accumulate quite a large amount of savings. One energy and money saving tip is to switch off all the lights in your home except in the room you are using. People continually leave lights in unoccupied rooms on either through forgetfulness or just plain neglect. This will increase your electric bill quite substantially over time. By switching off lights you could save several hundred dollars over the course of a year.
If you live in an older home, you may want to consider insulation. Insulation cuts down on the amount of heat that escapes your home. By adding insulation savings of 20-30 percent are possible. If you have a boiler in your home, you may want to insulate that as well. This helps keep your water warmer, especially during the winter months. You save on the amount of water used as well as the heat required for it to become hot. Insulating your boiler also reduces the wear and tear helping it to last longer.
Many people don’t bother trying to cut down on their energy costs because the fear that there is little that they can do. However, by shopping around and using less you may be amazed at how much of a difference there is. By cutting down on energy, you are saving money as well as helping the environment.