If your house is not properly insolated, you are literally throwing money out of the window this holiday season.
Utilities aren’t getting cheaper anytime soon. At one point, like gas prices, we could afford to waste on utilities without really caring about the income, but that is quickly changing. The world is rapidly becoming a more expensive place to live, and if we don’t learn how to save money on the simple things, like utilities, we will surely suffer.
There are simple fixes to most utilities problems, though. Here are three ways to start saving money today:
Repair cracks/leaks by doors and windows
One of the easiest ways that air escapes a house or apartment is through cracks under the door or windows. Though it is nearly impossible to fix everything, some problems can be easily corrected. For instance, if you have a large gap under your door, purchase a “door slipper” or a more permanent seal.
Use a fan or space heater
You don’t always need to turn the air conditioning or heat on to achieve the right temperature. Often times you just feel uncomfortable because you are sitting in stale air. If the temperature is moderate, try turning on a fan or putting on a space heater. This will circulate the air and keep you more comfortable while saving a considerate amount of money. Especially if you have central AC, this can do wonders for your utilities.
Turn off lights and electronics
Though it might seem like a small thing, the cost to run lights and electronics can quickly add up. Not only does it take away from the life of the electronic, it can also raise your utilities bill exponentially, especially if you run several unused electronics and lights throughout the day.
Saving on utilities is not only helpful for your bill, but it is also environmentally friendly. It’s yet another reason to keep your wallet full this Winter!
This guest post was written by Patrick Rafferty. As a business professional in the New Orleans area, he’s taken a particular interest in finding the most business friendly of the Banks in New Orleans. The views expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily those of any New Orleans Banks or financial institutions. This article is intended to provide those reading it with information about matters of current interest. It should not be construed as legal or financial advice concerning a specific topic and should not be acted upon without contacting the appropriate professionals.