1. Wash Clothes with cold or eco-warm water when possible.

2. Use LED and CFL lighting.

According to one estimate, replacing 20 incandescent bulbs with LEDs could result in a savings of more than $3000 over the lifespan of the new LED bulb[1].

3. Some utility companies offer time-of-use rates

You may be able to save money by using electricity during off-peak hours instead of during the day. A time-of-use change requires running your more expensive utilities at night such as the dishwasher, washing machine, or dryer.

4. Seal your home.

Covering drafty windows with plastic and installing weather stripping around doors can add up to substantial savings.

5. Install and use ceiling fans.

Make sure to reverse the fans rotation for winter months.

6. Change shower heads to low flow shower heads.

The low flow shower head can decrease water consumption by 40% or more, meaning less work for your water heater and lower water utility costs[2].

With cold temperatures moving in, many are looking for ways to cut down on utility costs. In a previous article from Central Insurance Companies called  “The Thermostat Wars”, they discuss how adjusting the thermostat can save you a bundle. But here are a few other tips for saving money:

1. Wash Clothes with cold or eco-warm water when possible.

2. Use LED and CFL lighting. According to one estimate, replacing 20 incandescent bulbs with LEDs could result in a savings of more than $3000 over the lifespan of the new LED bulb[1].

3. In some cases, utility companies offer time-of-use rates and you can save money by using electricity during off-peak hours instead of during the day. A time-of-use change can help you save money by running your more expensive utilities at night such as the dishwasher, washing machine, or dryer.

4. Seal your home. Covering drafty windows with plastic and installing weather stripping around doors can add up to substantial savings.

5. Install and use ceiling fans. Make sure to reverse the fans rotation for winter months.

6. Change shower heads to low flow shower heads. The low flow shower head can decrease water consumption by 40% or more, meaning less work for your water heater and lower water utility costs[2].

Finally, make sure to check with your utility provider. They may have cost-saving programs available or incentives for changing out things like old appliances.

[1] http://greenisbetterinc.com/light-bulb-showdown-led-vs-cfl-vs-incandescent/

[2] https://www.brothersplumbing.com/plumbing/benefits-of-using-a-low-flow-shower-head/


 Post authored by Joe Meyer. Originally published November 6, 2018. View original post at:  https://wp.me/p1Iv7E-2WfProducts underwritten by Central Mutual Insurance Company and affiliated companies. Copyright © 2018 Central Mutual Insurance Company. All rights reserved.

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