If you’re like most people, you’re looking for ways to reduce your energy bill that are simple and easy to practice. Luckily enough, there are many things you can do both seasonally and on a daily basis that will help diminish the amount of energy that you need to expend in your household. Most, if not all, take mere minutes or seconds to do but have the ability to put hundreds of dollars back in your pocket yearly.

Shut Doors, Windows, and Curtains
This is simple but extremely effective. Curtains have the ability to keep out both cold and hot outdoor air making it easier to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home. Of course knowing when to close and open windows and doors have an impact as well. Maintaining a consistent temperature indoors ensures that your furnace or air conditioner doesn’t run more than it should.

Turn Off Your Heater and AC When You Don’t Need Them
There are parts of the year, often as the seasons begin to change from hot to cool or vice versus that provide an excellent opportunity to turn off your HVAC system. These are occasions when simply opening a window or a door will suffice, or just running a ceiling fan. There are even instances when you don’t need to open a window or door let alone run a ceiling fan. The temperature is comfortable without any help.

Wash with Cold Water
The less you need to use the hot water heater the better. Choosing to wash your clothes using cold water instead of hot will help reduce power consumption and an increased utility bill. The best part is that your clothes still get just as clean. Just as treated utility poles save a utility time, using cold water to wash saves in the amount of energy that will be needed to clean your clothing.

Making simple adjustments in your day to day routine as well as seasonally, can greatly reduce energy consumption and lower your utility bills. Look for opportunities to turn off your HVAC system, close windows, curtains, and doors, as well as limit the use of your hot water heater by laundering your clothes in cold water. Your reward will be a much lower utility bill.

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