8 Ways to Save Money in Your Home
Here are eight small changes you can make in your very own home that will result in easy savings! The best part is that you’ll be helping the environment too. Everyone wins!
1. Use cloth towels
It is amazing how many paper towels we can use up, and just for small cleanups or to dry our hands. It doesn’t help that they keep making each sheet bigger and thicker. Buy a pack of cheap terry cloth towels (you don’t need soft fluffy ones) and have them on hand to dry your hands after washing the dishes or to wipe up the counter. Then throw them in with your laundry and reuse.
2. Get Dryer Balls
These non toxic Dryer Balls are great. Clothes are soft and fluffy without needing to use chemical and fragrance laden dryer sheets. They cost less than $10 and should last for years. It also reduces drying time, which will help with lower your energy bill.
3. Take off your shoes
I learned at an early age that I had to ask friends to remove their shoes when they came to my house. They probably thought my family was strange, but I always thought it was strange that they’d walk around their home with their shoes on. Even now, I cringe when I see people on TV lie on their beds with their shoes on. Consider where those shoes have been! You step into public restrooms and onto streets layered with motor oil. Pick up this habit of removing your shoes upon entering and you’ll find that you’re no longer rubbing grass stains out of your carpet or vacuuming dirt from your bed. Less mess means lower costs.
4. Turn down your water heater
It takes a lot of energy to keep that water heater operating, especially considering how little we actually use it. Most of us have the thermostat turned up higher than we need. You save 3%-5% in energy costs for every 10ºF you turn down on your water heater. Most standard settings will have it at 140ºF but you should be able to get by comfortably at 120ºF. That can cut your bill up to 10%!
5. Stop buying specialty cleaners
There’s a cleaner for everything. If they could, they’d try to sell you a different cleaner for cups and plates. But it’s mostly the same thing, and usually it’s the old fashioned stuff that works the best anyway: vinegar, baking soda, and mild dish soap. You’ll be surprised how a little warm water and mild dish soap does the trick on most stains – even on your clothes.
6. Wash clothes in cold water
Speaking of clothes, you don’t need to set the washer on “hot” to get your clothes clean. About 90% of the energy used in a clothes washer goes to water heating. Heavy stains can be pretreated before going into the wash. Not to mention, cold water helps prevent color bleeding. This helps your clothes keep their vibrant colors longer, and there’s no need to sort!
7. Air-dry your dishes
Turn off the “heat dry” setting in your dishwasher and let them air dry. It uses hot water to wash, so the interior of the washer remains pretty hot anyway. Your dishes will dry in no time without needing the extra blast of heat.
8. Get supplies and toiletries for less
Everyday items often get overlooked in the budgeting process. It makes sense to comparison shop when buying pounds of meat, but discounts on toothpaste and toilet paper might not be worth the additional effort. However, since these are items you use every day, considering the costs is just as important. There are many ways to save on these items, including free samples and finding the clearance boxes, especially if you’re not particularly picky about the exact brand and type. Don’t let convenience make you lazy about saving on these essential items.
This is a special guest post by Lynn Truong of Wisebread.
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