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Thursday, July 3, 2008

How To Save Money On Utilities

Fill an empty 1/2 gallon milk jug with water. Place it in the tank of your toilet. You will save 16% or 7500 gallons of water per year on your water bill.

Use fewer, lower wattage, longer lasting light bulbs.

Use compact fluorescent light bulb or CFL light bulbs. They cost more but use less electricity and last longer. Most CFLs fit into any regular light bulb socket. You save about $25 per lamp with CFL bulbs. However, CFL bulbs contain mercury, which is not thought to be environmentally safe.

Use cell phone companies that charge monthly flat rates (like Cricket).

Buy a programmable thermostat. Lower the temperature at night or went you are not at home.

In the summertime, block out the sun. Use window blinds, drapes, shutters and awnings. Plant trees outside of your house for shade. You will save up to 25% on cooling costs.

Wear an extra sweater or blanket in the wintertime, instead of turning up the heat.

Have your house professionally blown with fiberglass insulation. It can be an expensive cost initially, but the long term savings are significant.

Seal your home's windows with caulk or duct tape in the winter to keep the heat it.

Run your dishwasher only when fully loaded.

Keep your water heater insulated and no higher then 120°.

Get rid of your LAN line. Use a flat rate cell phone provider or Vonage. Vonage provides telephone service over your high speed internet connection such as DSL or cable. I like Vonage because for $24.99 per month you get excellent customer service, phone sound quality, call waiting, voicemail, caller ID and over 20 other calling features. I recomend DSL with Vonage. Cable high speed internet tends to interfere with the audio quality if you are surfing the net and talking on the phone simultaneously.


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