Name one person who couldn’t use a little extra cash.
I’ve never been great at pinching pennies. In fact, I’ve probably spent more money on fast food throughout my life than anything important.
Now that I’m older and raising kids, I’ve found saving a buck or two wherever possible is worth the effort. All those small savings add up over time, and I play the long game.
After receiving one particularly nasty energy bill, I did a little research and cut back our costs. Here’s 5 easy life hacks my family uses to save money on energy bills and put cash in my pocket.
1. Unplug unused electronics
Every electronic device in your home takes energy to run. Did you know they also take energy when they’re not being used?
My kids love eating toast for breakfast. Every morning my wife puts a few slices of her homemade wheat bread into the toaster to help get them ready for school. After the toast pops up, she unplugs the toaster, and then butters each piece for the kiddos.
Sure, just unplugging our toaster didn’t make a huge difference, but unplugging phone chargers, small appliances, and lamps throughout the house turned into noticeable savings.
2. Turn off the computer
Speaking of turning off electronics…
The biggest energy-eater in our home used to be the computer.
We used to leave the desktop running non-stop just because it takes a long time to boot up. That minute of time I was saving ended up costing several dollars a month.
Not worth it.
My family turned shutting down the computer into a habit. After starting this life hack, we’ve saved every month by waiting that extra thirty seconds.
3. Cut back on air conditioning
If you’re anything like me, you like keeping your home nice and cool.
We used to set the temperature on the thermostat low and run the A/C all day. As you can image, lots of air conditioning equals lots of energy. And lots of energy costs lots of money.
To keep the cost of cooling low, we started turning the air conditioner off every time we left the house. Sure, our home would be a bit warm once we got home, but we found a great way to fix that: using a smart thermostat.
4. Turn off your lights
What good is light when there is no one home?
Sure, keeping the lights on can help you feel safe or make your home feel more welcoming, but letting the lights shine all day costs serious cash.
We switched to energy-efficient light bulbs and I started a game with the kids to help keep our lights down low. Every time they find a light I left on, they get a dollar.
You had better believe I started turning every light off real fast.
5. Save money on energy bills with a smart home
All these small tips work great to save you dough and home automation makes it all simple.
We just turned our home into a smart home. That’s the mother of all life hacks.
The house learned our routine and now takes care of the lights and A/C for us. It even lets us track our energy consumption so we aren’t surprised when the bill comes.