With a few simple tricks around the house, you can start seeing your monthly bills shrinking. Painless things like keeping closet doors shut and swapping pricy bottled water for filtered tap can really make an impact on your household budget. In addition to yearly savings, these suggestions will create a safer home environment as well as a greener planet. We’ve rounded up 6 quick and easy tips that will save you unnecessary spending and energy waste.
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Keep closet doors closed to save on your energy bill
Closing closet doors lowers the square footage you heat and cool and shutting the doors along exterior walls also helps to insulate the house.
Savings: About $50 per year off your energy bill
Choose one trim paint for the whole home
Select one neutral trim for the entire house rather than buying a separate color for each room. Clean white trim never goes out of style and having one dedicated hue means you won’t have to rummage around for the right can.
Savings: $50 on paint for three rooms
Make your own natural cleaning products
Using daily kitchen essentials, such as white vinegar and baking soda, you can blend your own cleaning solutions.The cost savings is great but the health benefits of switching from harsh chemicals is even greater. There are countless recipes online; try The Green Guide.
Savings: $50 or more per year on commercial cleaners
Use your laptop
Since laptops run on batteries, they use 80 percent less electricity than a desktop computer. Unplugging it once it’s charged will prevent wasting energy unnecessarily. Bonus: You can lounge on the couch while checking emails and searching DIY ideas.
Savings: $30 per year off your electric bill
Install a ceiling fan
This tip helps save on energy bills in both summer and winter months. In the winter, run the fan on a low speed in a clockwise direction to recirculate the warm air that rises to the ceiling. This will allow you to lower the thermostat a couple of degrees. Don’t forget to reverse the fan’s direction in the summer.
Cost: About $160 for the fan
Savings: $100 annually off your heating bills
Invest in an under-sink water filter
What’s better than saving money AND the planet? Stop buying bottled water and install a DIY-friendly under-sink filter system.
Cost: About $133 for a 3-stage system
Savings: About $300 yearly for the average household
These ideas originally appeared in This Old House magazine. Author // Josh Garskof.