With the current tight economy, most families are looking for ways to stretch every dollar in the household budget. Housing, transportation and food costs are rising as are the costs of almost every other necessity. But one of the category’s that can easily be reduced is the monthly utility budget. By using a few simple strategies and making a few easy household repairs, many families can reduce the amount that is being spent on utilities without having to sacrifice any modern conveniences.
By simply inspecting all of the faucets in the house as well as showers and hose bibs on the exterior of the house, homeowners can reduce the amount of water being wasted and lower their monthly water bill. A single faucet that is dripping slowly but continuously can waste over two gallons of water per hour, which translates to forty eight gallons per day or over fourteen hundred gallons per month. Additional water savings can be realized by running clothes and dishwashers only with full loads, watering lawns in the early morning to reduce evaporation and shortening the length of showers by just a minute or two each day. A two minute reduction in a single shower can save between twelve and twenty gallons of water each day.
In Phoenix, the largest part of most household utility budgets is spent on electricity. Using lower wattage bulbs and new energy efficient light bulbs are a great place to start cutting electricity usage. Some electric providers offer rate reductions to customers for use during off peak hours. This means that strategically scheduling large electric consumption items such as swimming pool pumps, laundry and dish washing machines and air conditioners can help to reduce the monthly electric bill. Installing weather stripping on doors and windows and heavy curtains or blinds at windows can help to reduce the cost of cooling your Phoenix home.
Saving money is important to all homeowners during difficult economic times. And finding ways to save money without being forced to eliminate or reduce the use of creature comforts is always a welcome discovery. Using a few simple tips and making a few basic repairs can greatly help to reduce the cost of utility bills in almost every home.