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A painless way to save on utilities

August 8th, 2008 at 02:40 pm

Many people have problems figuring out how to save on utilities. But the reality is there are many ways you can save money on utilities. One of the things that we do to save money is to only use our washer and dryer when it is completely full loads. Also, instead of using the heavy load, we use the minimum load and wash using cold water. Also, we take the lent out of the dryer after each load dries, so the dryer will dry and run more efficiently.

Next, only use the dishwasher when it is full. Every time you use it, if it isn't full you are using lots of hot water and electricity. Save by making sure the dishwasher is full. Additionally, as an alternative use more paper plates, and use the dishwashing only once or twice a week.

Finally, turn off lights when you leave a room to save on your electric cost. Unplug the television, radio, iron, and other appliances when they are not in use. If they stay plugged in electricity is still going through the current, and you are still being charged.

So, what do you do to save on utilities?

5 Responses to “A painless way to save on utilities”

  1. Aleta Says:

    I don't leave ceilings fans running if I'm not going to be in the room.

    I still have my ALUMINUM mini blinds that are a great insulator from the heat. (I know the decorators will want to come to my house and install the newer ones, but I don't like the weight problems of the wooden ones). I keep blinds or curtains closed on the side receiving the sunshine.

    When I leave for the day, I turn my AC up. It really takes such a short time to cool it down. I definitely turn it all the way up when we leave for weekends or vacations.

    I like to turn my water heater off at night.

    After washing my bathroom rugs (which has rubber backing), I like to hang them outside to dry. The dryer is harsh for the rubber backing. I then bring them inside, spin them in the dryer for a nice fluff.

  2. debtfreeme Says:

    I'm sorry I have to politely disagree with you about using paper plates. The energy used to make them is greater than the energy used when running the dishwasher with a full load. Not to mention they are horrible for the environment.

    Please, don't encourage people to use harmful things on the environment with the argument it saves them money. Any money savings is lost in the purchase of those products and the cost to our earth.

    This is a great blog but please also try to be sustainable in your thinking. You have a great audience to teach and lots of great ideas to share.

  3. sharmanl Says:

    Oops, you are so right. And I'm from Oregon so you'd think I would know better. Okay, correction, do not use paper plates. We do want to preserve the environment.

    Thanks for the slap on the face, I mean hand!

  4. debtfreeme Says:

    no slap, and i meant no disrespect. But paper products are just so expensive in so many categories.

    You have had some really wonderful posts, keep them coming!

  5. Amber Says:

    I have been using cold water for a while to wash; however, I line dry my laundry saving a ton

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