When it comes to saving money, one of the first places to look is your utility bills. Lowering your utility bill can save you a lot of money each year and it’s not as hard as you may think to make some easy switches around the house. These ten hacks can help you save on your utility bills and be more green in the process.
1. Unplug your electronics
Even when you’re not actively using your electronics, they’re still sucking energy when plugged in and turned off. Before you leave the house, try to unplug all of your electronics. To make this easier, start using power strips so that you only have to unplug one thing and it’ll take care of the rest.
2. Adjust your thermostat
In the winter, it can be tempting to crank the thermostat up high. Instead, try lowering it when you’re out of the house and turning it back up when you get home so that you don’t have a high heating bill. If you’re not someone who gets cold easily, you can also keep it on the lower side all of the time and wear extra layers around the house.
3. Wash your clothing on “cold”
Washing your clothing in cold or warm water is a good way to preserve heat. When you wash your clothes on hot, there’s much more energy consumption used to heat the water, as opposed to using a lower setting.
4. If possible, air dry your clothes
Just like washing your clothing, the less energy you can use to dry your clothing the more you’ll save. While this may only be doable for those that live in warmer climates, or just in the summer for those that have winter, if you can use a clothesline and air dry your clothes, you’ll save a decent amount of money that was spent on dryer cycles.
5. Use energy-efficient light bulbs
When shopping for light bulbs, look for ones that hold the Energy Star certification. These bulbs emit 90% less energy than regular bulbs and last at least 15 times longer. All of Brilli’s light bulbs and Get in Sync fixtures carry the energy star certification, so you can feel good about making the switch. It’s recommended you swap all of the light bulbs in your house for energy efficient ones so that you can save the most money.
6. Use a dimmer
Along with an energy star rating, installing a dimmer in your home can help you use less energy. Not only are dimmers good for saving money, but they also serve as a type of circadian rhythm lighting. With healthy lighting, you can tune the lights to match your circadian rhythm so that it’s brighter during the day and dimmer at night to work with your body’s natural clock.
Brilli’s Get in Sync fixtures work with dimmers, allowing you to adjust the light to the right time in your circadian rhythm.
7. Install motion-sensing lights
If your home is full of people who forget to turn off the lights before they leave a room, motion-sense bulbs are another great way to ensure that you’re saving electricity. Once a motion-sensing bulb senses no more movement in the room, it’ll shut off the lights so that you can save money and electricity.
8. Seal up your house
Whether you live in a warm or cold environment, making sure your home is properly sealed can help the air conditioner and/or heat from escaping. If you have drafty windows or doors, you can seal them with weather stripping. You can also use temporary plastic window film to seal the windows in the winter.
9. Use a fan in the summer
If it’s not too uncomfortable, try using a fan instead of an air conditioner. This will use less energy than an air conditioner. If you have to use an air conditioner though, make sure to shut it off when you leave or aren’t in the room.
10. Install low-flow fixtures
Low-flow fixtures help to reduce the amount of water used but don’t sacrifice pressure. By replacing your faucets and shower heads with the low-flow options, you can save between 25-60% on your water usage.