Tips to save on utilities

By Nancy Kaller on Jul 28, 2021 at 03:39 PM in Articles
Tips to save on utilities

Whether you are the landlord or the resident, someone is required to pay the utility bills for the home. These tips are geared for the landlord because they do own the property and any improvements are their decision, however, as the resident that pays the utility bills, perhaps it wouldn’t hurt to discuss the following tips with your landlord. 

To help save costs with water and sewer consider updating to the low-flow fixtures for your toilets, faucets, and showerheads.

Consider landscaping your yard by switching out some of the grass for drought-tolerant plants. 

Update your washer, dryer, refrigerator, air conditioning unit, heater, water heater, and dishwasher to energy-efficient appliances that use less water and energy.

Keep your appliances running efficiently with regular cleaning & maintenance, including changing air filters regularly.

Check for air leaks around the doors & windows. 

If you have ceiling fans, use them, they cost less to run and do make a room “feel cooler”.

Check your thermostat and consider adding a programmable one to help reduce your electricity.  

Install energy-efficient lightbulbs throughout the home and don’t forget about the outside lights.  

Let us not forget the basics:  turn off the lights when leaving a room, controlling the temperature of the thermostat, set your water heater down to 120 degrees, run appliances during off-peak times, wash clothes in cold water, blackout curtains, and don’t let the water run with unnecessarily.

We hope you have picked up on some helpful tips for saving money on utilities!

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