With the summer heat on the rise, a sure thing to increase besides the price of gas is your electricity bill. Air conditioning can definitely add up quickly and will be sure to strain your summer budget if you’re not careful. Here are some tips and tricks for saving money on your utilities.
hi and welcome to another episode of our everything finance blog i'm suzanne and today i'll be talking about how to save money on utilities with the summer heat on the rise a sure thing to increase besides the price of gas is your electricity bill air conditioning can definitely add up quickly and we'll be sure to strain your summer budget if you're not careful so here are a few tips for saving on your utilities keep the thermostat hi the purpose of an air conditioner is to make your home comfortable not cold by keeping your a/c thermostat in the high 70s you get the relief of cold air without the absorbent prices of making your house an icebox bundle up and save internet companies usually offer an introductory rate the first year of your subscription but after the rate ends it can more than double so bundle up your services and watch the savings you can also get rid of home telephone service if you don't use your home phone service that much consider switching to cell phone only service finally reduce electricity usage by choosing to use electricity during off-peak times you can help reduce your electricity bill by unplugging items not in use you'll also save money think about unplugging everything when you're not using it to save even more thank you for listening for more information on how to save money on utilities please click on the link below or visit us at everything finance blog com
Saving the planet and saving money go hand-in-hand when you reduce your home heating bill.
Step 1: Get your furnace tuned up
Get your furnace tuned up before winter sets in. Doing this annually will keep your furnace running efficiently.
Step 2: Install a programmable thermostat
Install a programmable thermostat so you can lower the heat when no one is home and at night while everyone is sleeping.
Lowering the heat to 72 degrees and putting on a sweater is a carbon-free, money-saving way to stay cozy.
Step 3: Use curtains to regulate heat
Close curtains and quilted blinds at night to help keep heat from escaping through windows. Open them during the day to let in the sun’s warmth.
Step 4: Cover your heating system
Use a boiler blanket and pipe insulation to keep heat inside the heating system where it belongs. Before using a blanket, consult your owner’s manual—make sure the blanket you plan to use is safe for your boiler.
Ask your gas or electric company if they do free energy audits, in which they appraise each room for its energy efficiency and make cost-cutting recommendations.
Step 5: Look into utility company rebates
Look into your utility company’s efficiency programs. Many will pay for programmable thermostats and some even subsidize roof insulation.
Step 6: Seal cracks
Hold a piece of toilet paper near windows and door frames to check for drafts. Sealing cracks with weather stripping can save big bucks.
If you improve your home’s energy efficiency by replacing an old boiler, furnace, or water heater, or by investing in storm windows and doors, you’re entitled to an energy tax credit.
Step 7: Fill outdoor cracks
Review the outside of your home for cracks that are draining heat and caulk them.
Step 8: Clean radiators
Keep baseboard heaters and radiators clean and make sure your furniture and curtains are not blocking the vents.
Step 9: Centralize your winter life
Since pioneer times many a family has found warmth by gathering around a stove in winter. If you live in a big house, try sealing off little used rooms and/or an entire wing when the snow flies.
Did You Know?
Lowering your thermostat to 68 degrees while you’re at work can decrease your heating bill by 12 percent.
saving the planet and saving money go hand in hand when you reduce your home heating bill you will need a furnace tune-up a programmable thermostat heavy curtains or quilt blinds a boiler blanket weather stripping and cotton optional sweaters and energy on it and storm doors and windows step 1 get your furnace tuned up before winter sets in doing this annually will keep your furnace running efficiently step 2 install a programmable thermostat so you can lower the heat when no one is home and at night while everyone is sleeping lowering the heat to 72 degrees and putting on a sweater is a carbon-free money-saving way to stay cozy step 3 close curtains and quilted blinds at night to help keep heat from escaping through windows open them during the day to let in the sun's warmth step four use a boiler blanket and pipe insulation to keep heat inside the heating system where it belongs before using a blanket consult your owners manual make sure the blanket you plan to use is safe for your boiler ask your gas or electric company if they do free energy audits in which they appraise each room for its energy efficiency and make cost-cutting recommendations step 5 look into your utility company's efficiency programs many will pay for programmable thermostats and some even subsidized roof insulation step 6 hold a piece of toilet paper near windows and door frames to check for drafts sealing cracks with weather stripping can save big bucks if you improve your home's energy efficiency by replacing an old boiler furnace or water heater or by investing in storm windows and doors you're entitled to an energy tax credit step 7 review the outside of your home for cracks that are draining heat and them step 8 keep baseboard heaters and radiators clean and make sure your furniture and curtains are not blocking the vents step 9 since pioneer times many a family has found warmth by gathering around a stove in winter if you live in a big house try sailing off little used rooms and/or an entire wing when the snow flies did you know lowering your thermostat to 68 degrees while you're at work can decrease your heating bill by 12%
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I made this video to augment my article “REALLY Saving Energy with The Heat Bubble: how I cut 87% off of my electric heat by heating the person instead of the whole house”. This is a DIY alternative form of energy conservation
Camille Pearl comes over to my house and tests my energy saving theories for herself. We start off stripping off her clothes that are more than just a single, normal layer people might wear in a fully heated area. Then we have her stand in the cool area until she feels too cold, then move her to the desk with the micro personal heaters.
It was in this video where Camille first refers to this as a “bubble.” And now, that’s what we call this technique: “a heat bubble”.
She starts off too cold, and then spends 30 minutes at the heated desk area. At the end of the 30 minutes she is fully warmed up and feels like she could work there indefinitely.
We then turn off the micro heat and see how long she can hold out until she feels too cold to keep working. About three minutes and ten seconds.
Quick summary of micro heaters:
40 watts: incandescent light bulb in a chick brooder configuration
25 watts: heated keyboard
15 watts: dog bed heater / heating pad
2.5 watts: heated mouse
82.5 watts total.
A homemade approach to save the environment. Alternatives are sources for home production. This may be a big boost to renewable energy efforts.
Relevant threads at permies:
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see she gets the point alright so you can see on the thermometer that it's like just a hair over 50 right now and so are you feeling a little cold from walking around the room my fingers are real cold my feet are cold um yeah I just pulled my sweater sleeves down alright um make yourself comfortable get some work done you thank you and don't mind if I do okay that's thirty minutes how do you feel I feel good I'm very comfortable tops of my feet it warmed up the tops of my hands warmed up okay so when you say the tops of your feet the tops of your hands warmed up I dig it too the bottoms of your hands the bottoms our feet warmed up right away right those were the first things um that I could feel the warmth from the warmth from the heat lamp is not nearly as noticeable as from the devices that I'm actually touching can you look up into the lamp and see what the wattage on it is 120 volts it looks like 40 watts all right so um now what does it feel like what's the temperature feel like where you are well um I feel like I'm in a warm little bubble I mean it could be 70 degrees in here for all I know okay how do you normally tolerate the cold um I get cold um pretty easily uh you know I can I can stand it but I get uncomfortable pretty fast and I typically work at a computer all day with the thermostat in my house set between 60 and 60 to 63 degrees but I frequently have to turn on a space heater on my feet keep it on for a while and then turn it off on my leg skate so it's kind of an ongoing process throughout the day and it seems like I mean I don't know how much energy we're using right here but it seems like we're likely using less than a space heater with require and in a way it's a lot more you know like low low maintenance because I'm not adjusting anything after I sat down all right so let's move to the next phase turn it up turn it all off tada keep on working but see how you feel getting cold alright so is it okay there I think that's called it that's time if you like this sort of thing come on out to the forums at permease comm where we talk about really saving energy homesteading and permaculture all the time