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Top Ten Best Ways to Save On Your Electric and Water Bills

August 17, 2011

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

You can`t control the cost of living, but there are a few ways you can save on energy costs around your home. These tips can go a long way in cutting your electric bill.

Energy Saving Tips:

  • Purchase energy-efficient items such as energy-saving incandescent, CFL and LED light bulbs and products with a Energy Star label. Energy savings could be up to 75percent.

  • Unplug cell phone chargers and laptops, put your entertainment center on a single power strip and turn your TV, stereo and cable box off with one switch.
  • Routinely replace or clean air conditioner filters and clean the unit`s condenser coil once per year.
  • Lowering the thermostat setting on your water heater by 10 degrees can save you between 3 to 5 percent in energy costs. It also slows mineral build up and corrosion in your water heater and pipes.
  • Caulk and weatherstrip windows and exterior doors and install window treatments or coverings to keep heat in during the winter and cool air in during the summer.
  • Insulate hot water pipes with pipe sleeves, made with polyethylene or neoprene foam to reduce heat loss in your water so you won`t have to wait as long for hot water when you turn on the faucet or showerhead
  • You can reduce your water bill by simply replacing your showerhead. Purchase one with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons per minute and if you live in a humid climate purchase a laminar-flow showerhead to reduce steam and moisture emanating from the showerhead. Just a side note, if you want to determine if you need a new showerhead, place a bucket marked in increments under the shower head, turn the shower on at the normal water pressure you use and time how many seconds it takes to fill the bucket to the one-gallon mark. If it takes less than 20 seconds, you could use a low-flow shower head.
  • Planting deciduous trees with high, spreading crowns on the south side of your home can provide maximum summertime roof shading. Slow-growing trees will take longer to grow, but the upside is they live longer, less susceptible to coming down in a wind or snowstorm and are more drought-resistant.
  • To increase the sunlight into your home, south-facing windows are best for those living in cooler climates to help regulate temperatures, allowing the most winter sunlight into the home but little direct sun in the summer, especially if shaded properly. North-facing windows gain natural light without the glare and almost never warm the house up since they are on the opposite side of the incoming sun rays.
  • Purchase glass or patio doors with low-emissivity coatings or low-conductivity gases between the glass panes, especially in extreme climates. The additional cost for this type of door is paid back in energy savings.
  • These simple measures can reduce your water and electric bills, adding up savings you can use toward filling the gas tank or going to the grocery store.

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