Easy tips to help you save money now on household utility costs.
Utilities devour up to 12% of the average Americans' annual income according to the Energy Department. So how can you keep a little more of that cash in your wallet? Start with a programmable thermostat, which cost as little as $25. It automatically turns down the heat or air conditioning when you're away from home or sleeping. Shift your thermostat by 10 degrees for 8 hours a day and save up to 10% a year. Next, fight the so-called, vampire drain of electricity that comes from appliances and electronics in standby mode. That's when they're turned off, but still plugged into the wall. Instead, plug devices into a fuse-protected power strip, which doesn't suck energy when it's turned off. Finally, curb water bills by replacing old shower heads and faucets with low flow aerating models. Look for models that scout 2.5 gallons per minute or less and are WaterSense certified by the EPA. This can save the average family 700 gallons of water per year. And that means, less than to your harder in cash going down the drain.