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Although they may not be your largest monthly expense, your utility bills can certainly make life tough — particularly in the summer months when we seem to use more water and blast the air conditioner. Since things are heating up right now, it is a good idea to prepare for rising costs. Below are 10 simple ways to save money every month on your utilities.
- Turn off the light as soon as you leave a room.
- If you will be away from the house for more than two hours, turn off the air conditioner.
- Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.
- Water your lawn at dusk or after dark, as the heat of the sun will evaporate the water.
- Use energy-saving, fluorescent light bulbs.
- Hand wash large, bulky dishes to save room in the dishwasher.
- Use cold water to wash your clothes. Cold-water detergent is now available in all major grocery stores.
- Don’t linger in the shower.
- Keep the thermostat at a reasonable level. Using ceiling fans can help the comfort level.
- Don’t use an automated sprinkler system. Instead, only water your lawn when it looks thirsty, preferably with a soaker hose.
While the tips above won’t make you a millionaire, they will help you save money on rising costs this summer. Much of this advice can be applied to your life year round. However, it is during the warmest months that most of us really start to resent the incoming utility bills.