I don't think anyone would complain about having a little extra money. Often it is little things that can make a big impact. Here are 5 Ways to Save Money Around your Home.
1. Out With the Old
Old appliances are a huge energy drain, costing hundreds of dollars to operate. By switching to new energy-efficant appliances, which most states will give you a rebate for too, your monthly energy bill will decrease.
2. Bump the Thermostat
Going on vacation? Turn up the thermostat! No need to cool (or heat) an empty house. Gone during the day? Bump up the thermostat. Even a few degrees can make a big difference in your cooling and heating costs.
3. Bright Idea
What light bulbs do you have around your house? Next time a light burns out, switch to a LED light, not only will it last longer, but it will save you money in the end. You can even get fun lights like the Philip Hue Lights that change colors, can be programed to come on and off and dance to music.
4. Go Solar
Solar panels used to be big expensive things, but with advances in technology, while there still is that initial cost, it can make a huge impact on your power bills.
Did you know there are now Solar Water Heating Systems? These systems do not replace your existing water heater, but works with it by preheating the water with the warmth of the sun to help your water system use less energy. Hot water faster, at a reduced cost; not to mention the federal, state and local rebates that may be available when you participate. With the right rebates, some homeowners have saved up to $10,238.
--If you live in Southern California, SoCal Gas is offering a FREE one-day training that will teach contractors and home owners all about the new Solar Water Heating Systems.
5. Slow the Flow
Do you let the water flow while brushing your teeth? How long is the shower warming up before you get in? Not only do these things waste water (which is definitely on our minds in Southern California), but the more water you use, the more your water bill goes up. With the new Solar Water Heating System, you won't have to wait as long for you water to heat up, helping you waste less water and save money.
How do you save money around your home? What is one small thing you could do today, that not only would help you save money, but make the world a better place?