Saving money isn’t always the easiest thing to do when you’ve got a constant stream of bills coming in from one month to the next.
And you know what the worst part of it all really is? It’s that you’ve got multiple bills spread across different dates in the month. So while you’re paying a house payment at the beginning of the month (which is a huge chunk of your income right there), you’ve also got utilities and phone bills due in the middle of the month. It seems like it’s nonstop sometimes, doesn’t it?
But when you’re able to save money on some of those bills, that’s when savings can start to increase in dividends. Not only are you able to put money away from each paycheck to start with; you’re also able to put even more away since one or two of your bills are lower.
So, how is it done? Let’s start with your energy bills and how you can save around the year.
When it’s winter time and you’re cold, there’s no better way to save money on your heating than to have a fireplace. While not all homeowners have this luxury, those that do are better off using their fireplace or wood stove in one room and trying to hang out in that room exclusively. While it won’t heat the entire house, you’ll be saving quite a bit of money just keeping specific rooms in your home heated via fire.
And on the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s keeping cool in the dog days of summer. What better way to keep cool than to have your windows open to allow for drafts to come through and cool the air in your home? While having fans can help to circulate the flow, they’ll also be eating into some of your electricity, which doesn’t necessarily keep your energy bills low like you’re intending to. So rely on airflow and even think about strategically opening certain windows in your house and keeping others closed to maximize the flow of air.
Let’s be honest, Americans overuse on their water at home way too much. Whether it’s showering for too long, taking baths more often than showering, leaving the sink running while brushing your teeth, or even flushing the toilet far too many times in a day, we’re extremely inefficient with our water usage. Try to cut back on any of those I just named and you’ll be surprised to see you could save over $100 a year on water bills.