Beat The Heat: 5 ways to reduce your utility bill
As temperatures fluctuate and we reach the extreme weather peak of each season our utility bills are sure to rise. Another money culprit besides air-conditioning and heating, that you need to watch-out for is water. It is common for many homeowners to receive average utility bills of $250 and these prices only rise as weather changes and families grow. Imagine, saving a few extra $100 on your utility bill and putting that straight in the bank to use towards gas and groceries. We want to help you save, so here is a simple list of ways to save on your utility bill this year.
Instead of washing your clothes in warm water, set the dial on your washing machine to cold. About 90% of the energy used when washing clothes is wasted on heating the water. By switching your washing machine to cold water you are now only paying for the energy used to run the machine. This means huge savings if you have a large or growing family.
Momma always said to pack the dishwasher to its highest capacity. Well, it turns out Momma was right. Don’t leave ANY room. Be sure to hand-wash all of your big pots and pans to save room and get the most money out of each load.
It’s the middle of the night and all of a sudden you wake up in a sweat. You quickly run to the thermostat and crank it down to 60 degrees. You sleep through your alarm the next morning and now you are late to work. You slip out the door in the nick of time, but forget to turn the thermostat back up. If you’re as forgetful as we are, because of our busy lives, then investing in a one-time installation fee for a programmable thermostat is right up you alley. You may rest easy knowing that your energy bill won’t fluctuate because of your temperature pre-sets.
Weather stripping is great to keep out any and all types of weather. Weather stripping is the plastic edging you put near the cracks in your doors/windows to keep the inside in and the outside out. This is a very cheap project and it will allow you to save in those extreme cold and hot seasons. As an added bonus it will also stop leaks from the rain and the snow. If you live in a tropical-like area that receives a lot of humidity or storms, this could help with unnecessary leaking damages.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize hot air rises, especially when those tile floors can get cold in the winter. Add some extra insulation to your attic in those winter and rainy spring months to keep in the heat and watch your energy bill decrease.
Magruder Homes has been building custom homes for over a decade. It’s important to us to learn about our clients and their needs. We pride ourselves in knowing energy saving techniques for you and your family. If you have any further questions/concerns over utilities or insulation installation, we are your expert service and just a phone-call away. Magruder Homes is a recognized Bryan-College Station home builder, specializing in new home construction and spec homes.