Maintaining your own household can get expensive. First you need to pay your mortgage or rent. Once you add in energy bills, grocery costs, and all of those other smaller expenses, your monthly household expenses can be shocking. There is hope, however. These household money-saving tips will help you cut costs and save all year round without breaking your budget.
Turn Off Lights
Turning off your lights is a quick and easy way you can start saving money around the house. Anytime you leave a room, be sure to turn off the lights. If the room has a lot of windows, consider only using natural lighting during the day. If there isn’t a lot of natural lighting, go with a lower watt bulb for a dimmer light, less energy usage and more saving.
Even if your electronics and appliances aren’t in use, they’re still using up electricity when they’re plugged in. Try to unplug all of your electronics if possible. Obviously you’ll want to keep thing like the refrigerator plugged in, but everything else can be unplugged each night. You can use one power strip for your electronics, like your TV, Cable, Modem, etc, which are all near each other. At night or when not in use, simply turn the entire strip off. You can do the same in other rooms and for similarly bundled electronics.
Wash & Dry A Full Load
Anytime you do laundry, try to wait until you have a full load ready. Doing smaller loads of laundry is a waste of laundry pods/detergent and causes you to wash and dry clothes more frequently. This can increase your energy bill by a lot! You can also save a little on laundry costs by using a drying rack for some of your clothes. Smaller items like socks, undies and baby clothing do not take long to dry if hung up properly around the home. The less you use your dryer, the more you can be saving! Consider running a laundry hanging line in your backyard for natural drying under the sun.
Moderate AC/Heat Temperatures
Although you might want to turn your home into an icebox on those super hot days, don’t do it! It takes a lot of energy to get your home to sub-freezing levels, and even more energy to maintain those temperatures. The same goes for those super cold days in the winter. Instead, set the temperature to a moderate level. Make sure all windows and doors stay closed and you plug up all leaks to help prevent energy from escaping. When leaving your home, turn your thermostat up or down accordingly to preserve warming/cooling an empty home. It is more cost effective to raise/lower the temperature than to turn it off and restart it when you return.
Cut Out the Extras
You’d be amazed at what you can do without when it comes to your household budget. Take a few minutes to sit down with your spouse and make a list of all of your expenses. Go through that list and decide what needs to stay and what can go. Even cutting out one or two things can increase your savings each month. Do you really need 500 plus channel, especially when you can never find anything to watch anyway? Lower the speed of your internet, remove call waiting and other unnecessary additions.
Re-purpose Instead of Buying New
Instead of spending your entire budget on new things, save some money and re-purpose items instead. This can include anything from furniture to wine bottles. If you’re not sure what to do with something, just get online and look it up. There are some pretty creative re-purposing ideas on websites like Pinterest. You will find step by step instructions on how to turn an old crate into a beautiful coffee table with ease. Make it a fun family project the kids can do with you!
Switch to Low Flow
This tip may require a little spending up front, but you’ll love the difference it will make. First check with your local city or county water department. They may have low flow options available at no cost. If not, you will need to buy the appropriate replacements. Switch out all of your faucets and shower-heads to low flow. This will reduce the amount of water pumped out each minute, which will help you save a ton on your water bill.
Saving money can be quite easy one you get the hang of thinking in terms of dollars and cents. If you want to start saving money on your household expenses, start with a few of these tips. Get creative when it comes to finding ways to save money. What are some of your best household money-saving tips?