Those blasted utility bills!
With rising gas and electricity prices, many of us have been burdened with added expenses in recent years.
Of course, we don’t have to put up with them. As we suggested in our article on slashing the family budget, we can switch to cheaper energy suppliers. We can also form better habits around the home, perhaps by making the effort to unplug charged devices, and by turning off the lights in rooms we aren’t using.
Another way to lower our utility bills is to add money-saving upgrades to our homes. Within this context, we have a few suggestions below.
#1: A smart heating thermostat
By connecting one up to your boiler and wifi, you have the ability to control your heating at the touch of a button on your phone. You can time it to come on when you need it in the morning, and you can time it to turn off when you know you won’t be at home. You can also set heating zones in your home, so you can heat your rooms separately. With such control over your heating, you need never run the risk of wasting energy again. While the price of a smart thermostat is relatively expensive – you’re looking at around $200 – experts suggest they can knock around $250 a year from your annual bill, so the cost is more than worth it.
#2: A ceiling fan
Many of us have the tendency to turn the aircon on to the max when trying to stay cool in the summer months, but this, of course, has financial consequences. Thankfully, you can reduce your energy bill by using a ceiling fan to keep you cool instead. You can even buy dual ceiling fans, so on those very hot days, having one of these bad boys turned on will keep you twice as cool! Follow the previous link for some very attractive examples, and choose something that will not only reduce your energy bill but that can match your home’s decor as well.
#3: LED light bulbs
LED light bulbs cost a few dollars more than the traditional incandescent bulbs that many of us use, but they use around 90% less energy when they are turned on. They last a lot longer too, with an approximate lifespan of 25 years. So, as well as the reduction in your energy bill, you will have less need to fork out on new bulbs every year, so further savings can be made. And if you have an Amazon Alexa in your home (or similar smart device), you could go one step further, and buy remote controlled LED light bulbs. When they are hooked up to your wifi, you can easily switch them on and off when required. This is especially useful if you leave your home and realize you have left your lights on!
We have only mentioned a few home upgrades here, but there are plenty of other products that you might want to consider. From water-efficient showerheads to reduce your water bill, to smart plugs that turn off automatically when devices are charged, continue your research online for more money-saving ideas.
Thanks for reading.