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When it comes to things you want to do with your money, paying more for your energy bills isn’t likely to be on the list. And while Mom and Dad may have given you some money saving tips over the years, we have a few energy saving ideas to keep more money in your pocket – even if they don’t sound like the parental wisdom you’re used to hearing.
Let dishes pile up in the sink? You bet. Washing by hand uses more energy – both the natural gas to heat the water and the elbow grease required by you – not to mention using more water. Instead, take a load off and wait until you have a full dishwasher-load of dined-on dishes.
This energy saving tip shows you how to save money on your gas bill and hit the snooze button. Ditch your daily lather-rinse-repeat in favor of nine more minutes of sleep. Give your hot water heater and your hair a break and opt for dreamland and dry shampoo.
Moderating use of the hot water heater is a big energy saver – it can represent 15% or more of your natural gas bill. Instead of doing laundry every Tuesday, wait until you have a full load (or the hamper is overflowing). Bonus savings tip: use cold water in the rinse cycle to further reduce your hot water usage.
The last time you made a blanket fort, you had to take it down prematurely because Aunt Margaret was coming to visit. Bring back your Afghan architecture and cover up to keep energy costs down. Lower your thermostat to 68 degrees (or even lower at night) and get cozy.
Even though cooking with your natural gas appliances is delightful (and reflects your status as a responsible adult) you can save on your gas bills by treating yourself to take out every now and then and leave cooking to someone else. Plus you get some fries to go with your energy savings.
“Did you scrub behind your ears?” This question from Mom meant she didn’t quite believe you were clean. But now that you’ve mastered your bath time routine, there’s no need to dally. Every minute in the shower uses 2 gallons of heated water. So stop soaking and get your scrubbing done.
Forget Dad’s “when I was your age” opener and “those were the good old days” close, and let go of your old school thermostat. By upgrading to a programmable thermostat, you can lower the temperature in your house when you’re away, significantly lowering your average natural gas bill.
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