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Utilities can be expensive, especially during the winter when people spend more time at home and use more electricity, water, and other utilities.
But there are small changes you can make that can add up to big savings on your utility bills.
So what, exactly, are those changes?
A recent video from realtor.com outlined tips homeowners can use to save on utilities this winter, including:
- Unplug “energy vampires.” According to the video, residential electric costs have gone up 14 percent over the past 10 years. And if you want to save on your electric bill, a great way to do it is to turn off any “energy vampires.” Energy vampires are tools and appliances that typically stay plugged in, but are often not in use (like printers and chargers). Unplug them and you’re likely to see a significant drop in your electric bill.
- Swap out your incandescent light bulbs to low energy LED bulbs. Incandescent light bulbs use a lot of energy. So, another way to save money on your electric bill is to swap out those incandescent light bulbs for low energy LED bulbs, which use significantly less energy. Not only are these bulbs long-lasting (according to the video, they last, on average, 18 years!), but they can also dramatically lower your energy costs up to 85 percent, according to the video.
- Wash your clothes in cold water. If you want to lower your water bill, consider washing your clothes in cold water instead of warm. Your clothes will get just as clean, and you’ll bring down your water costs in the process. (According to the video, washing your clothes in cold water saves about $130 per year.)
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