Life Hack: Saving $$ on Utility Bills

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I was inspired by a few people in my life to research how I can start saving money on my utilities. Many of us are not aware of how much we use energy. We usually are not prompted to look into until we get a bill that is unbelievably high and/or learn of another someone else’s horrific-looking bill. After doing some research on common problems that lead to increases in energy and water, I have compiled a list of short and easy fixes for the non-professionals/amateurs like me. I’ve focused my research more on water conservation, because we are in a drought in California. Although it focuses more on water conservation, I hope you will find the information as useful as I have.

Trying to lower your water bill?

Running toilet problem:

Have you ever noticed that after you have used the flusher, your toilet begins to run for a long amount of time? Or could it be that it is running even when you have not used it?

There could be numerous problems as to why our toilets are running. However, unless you have a leak, it can be an easy fix.

Short fix:

Before you leave home or when the toilet is not in use, turn the water off by twisting the knob behind the toilet that connects to the line coming out of the wall. My father used this method when we would leave home for long amounts of time and showed me how to do so.

Longer run fix:

Check 1: Lift the cover to reveal the toilet tank then check the flapper to see if it is worn out. If so, replace with a universal flapper.

Check 2: Check the chain that leads from the handle to the flapper, if it is so long that it has gotten stuck between the flapper and the flush valve, snip it so that it has a little bit of slack. This stops it from leaking in between the flapper and flush valve.

Check 3: Is the water going into the overflow tube? If so, the water is too high. Take a screwdriver and lower the float. By lowering the float, the water will also lower.

Shower water problems:

Is your shower head leaking or not dispensing enough water? Do you have a habit of taking longer showers? The good fact about showering is that it utilizes less water than bathing in the bathtub.

Short fix:

Disconnect the shower head from the arm, then peel off the old tape (if present) and replace with new Teflon tape then replace the shower head.

Longer run fix:

Check 1: Turn your water heater temperature down from 140 degrees Fahrenheit to 120 degrees Fahrenheit; this can help save $36 – $61 annually.

Check 2: Purchase a water-efficient shower head, this cuts the amount of water used without sacrificing the strength of the water dispersed. If Navy and/or 5-minute showers are not ideal for you, this will leave you with the ability to enjoy your usual-timed showers.

Other tips and hacks

For the sinks:

  • Use the same method of the shower short fix to fix sink leaks.
  • If you do not have a dishwasher and have to hand wash, fill both sides of the kitchen sink with water. One with soapy water and plain water. If you have only one sink, fill it with soapy water and fill a big bowl with plain water to wash your dishes. Once you are done with the clear water, recycle it by water any indoor or outdoor plants.
  • Do an energy sweep: Check rooms that are not in use and turn off/unplug any electronics and lights. If you have a thermostat, set the timer mode so that it continuously turns off and on when you are there. Turn it off when you are not home. Buy energy efficient light bulbs and replace each old bulb for your household.

For sources to more saving tips, please check out the list of sources below:

Photo Source Link: http://genxfinance.com/saving-money-on-your-summer-utility-bills/

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/smart-spending/10-ways-to-save-money-on-your-utility-bill-11.aspx

http://almostfrugal.com/2010/08/23/17-ways-to-save-money-in-the-shower/

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2012/10/16/6-simple-ways-to-save-money-on-your-water-bill

http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2014/01/31/saving-money-utilities/

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2014/02/21/9-ways-to-save-on-your-utility-bill

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/saving-spending/how-to-save-money-on-your-electricity-bill

https://www.myenergy.com/tips

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