3 easy projects to save on utilities
Chances are, your utility bill doubles and even triples at the height of the season – especially, if you live in an older home. However, with some simple projects, you can make your home more energy efficient, even on a tight budget.
Lower Your Lighting Costs
Replace the light bulbs you use most with energy-saving LED light bulbs. Use compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs in other fixtures until you can upgrade all your lamps to LEDs. With LED bulbs you can save over 85% in energy costs over an incandescent bulb and they can last for decades. CFLs use a fourth of the energy of incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.
Tune Up the Toilet
Toilets account for almost 30% of the water use in the average home. 1 And, leaky toilets are the primary source of water waste in homes. In fact, that constantly running toilet can waste 760-18,200 liters of water per day. 2 Fix the problem yourself by installing a toilet tank repair kit that features a new fill valve, flush valve and flapper that will conserve water.
Fix Leaky Fixtures
Dripping faucets can also cause a spike in your water bill. Replacing the usually suspects (the aerator and rubber washer, or a faulty cartridge) is inexpensive and the savings add up. And, install a water-saving showerhead.