With summer looming (finally!) and many families putting funds aside for warm-weather vacations and adventures, looking to save a bit here and there becomes more and more of a priority. One of the easiest ways to cut expenses is to save on utility bills - and these ideas and tips work with any appliances, not just the newfangled energy-efficient ones. Here are some of my ideas to help trim utility bills and expenses:

  • Unplug electronics when you aren't using them. Does the hair dryer really need to be plugged in all day? Or what about the coffee pot?
  • Take shorter showers or shallower baths. In the summer, sometimes a hot shower doesn't sound as great, but keeping tabs on your hot water usage can be a way to save a few pennies.
  • Turn down your heat settings and turn up your air conditioning. By setting the thermostat so the heat comes on at 60 degrees instead of 65 can reduce heating costs. Air conditioning can work the same way - have it come on at 80 degrees instead of 75 degrees.  
  • Consider air-drying your dishes instead of using the built-in settings on your dishwasher.
  • Be sure that your windows and doors are not drafty or leaking - air coming in or out can impact the temperature inside your home.
  • Try to only run your dishwasher or washing machine when they're full. There's no point in using them for just one shirt or two bowls and a coffee mug.
  • Replace as many lightbulbs as possible with CFL or LED lights. They may cost more upfront, but they do save money in the long run.
  • Be sure to cover the food you're storing in the fridge - uncovered food releases moisture which means the compressor is forced to work a little harder.

These are just a few quick and easy ways to save on your utility bills. Want more information? Download a free guide from www.energysavers.com. Enjoy the sunshine this weekend!