Cut down on your household expenses and put your savings to better use with these tips:

  • The small stuff adds up. Turn the lights off when you leave a room, and skip the daily coffee run or trip to the vending machine.
  • Make a shopping list before you go to the grocery store and stick to it. You’ll buy what you truly need and eliminate unnecessary purchases.
  • Utility costs. Set your programmable thermostat so that it automatically cools down your house when you’re asleep or out of the house.
  • Invest in ceiling fans to circulate air more efficiently and help reduce your heating and cooling costs.           
  • Buy energy efficient light bulbs and turn off your computer/laptop, television when you’re not using them.
  • Vacuum the dust off the coils on your refrigerator to improve the efficiency of one of the larger consumers of energy in your household.
  • The dryer is the other big energy-sucking appliance in your house. When you can, hang your clothes to dry in the laundry room and use the dryer sparingly.
  • Switch to a low flow shower-head, repair leaky faucets and toilets and cut down on watering your lawn.
  • Turn down the temperature on your water heater to 120° Fahrenheit.
  • Use the microwave instead of the oven whenever possible – the cost just to preheat an oven is more than the cost to cook a meal in the microwave.
  • Reassess your cellphone use every year and see if there’s a cheaper plan that fits your needs.

By following these tips, you should be able to save some money on household expenses.  Remember, do what works best for you. If there are other things you think you can cut down on, go for it! Any progress is good progress!