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Running a household is a complicated matter. Money should be budgeted wisely, especially since it seems like money goes in quickly and heads out just as quickly without you realizing right away how much you’ve spent and where the money is going.

Energy Savings

You work hard, and then you have bills to pay. Your energy bill is one of the most important bills you need to take care of, especially since your household couldn’t possibly function without using up energy in some way. If there are a lot of you residing in one house, then you can expect that your bills might be a little higher. With due diligence on your part, you don’t have to sit back and watch as your energy bills skyrocket.

There are simple steps you can take right now for energy savings in your home without spending a whole chunk of cash. Just change your practices and be a little careful how you use electricity. Every little step you take to lower your energy usage will definitely go a long way. Here are some ways for you to start saving:

energy savingsKeep it unplugged. Anything that requires using the power outlets in your house increase your energy usage. Check your power outlets right now. Are there items that are plugged in, but not used? If yes, unplug it right now to save on energy bills. Those items are eating up your electricity and boosting your bills.

Keep it short. Take shorter showers. Longer showers will not necessarily make you cleaner; it will just use up more water. A ten- or fifteen-minute shower will be enough for you to soap, shampoo, and condition to your heart’s content. Should you say goodbye to long, hot showers? You can indulge in it every now and then, just not every single day.

Keep it cold. Wash clothes using cold water. Whether it is cold or hot water, water cleans. Add to that the laundry detergent that you are using, which helps to clean your laundry some more. Make sure your washing machine runs with a full load of laundry to make the most out of the water you’re using for washing.

Keep it closed. An oven uses heat to cook food. Sometimes though, it is easy to waste heat by constantly opening and closing the oven door to check on the food. Put the food inside, let it cook, and open only once the food is ready. You can use your oven sensibly to save on energy bills if you cook two dishes at the same time, thus maximizing the heat generated by your oven.

Keep it dark…or light. The window treatments you buy are not merely decorative. Use your blinds, curtains, draperies and shades to heat up or cool down your home.

You can make energy savings without heading to your nearest home improvement store. You can use the money that you’ll start saving now to purchase other home energy efficiency items in the future.

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Do not get bottled water
Instead of bottled water get a reusable container to carry water. Also you can get a filter to make your home tap taste more like bottled water. It is definitely more cost efficient.
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