How to Cut Your Electric Bill & Water Bill – 3 Easy Hacks!

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By: Jacqui Denker | Segun Oduolowu | Victor Padilla Posted: 9:45 AM, Apr 22, 2019 Updated: 9:49 AM, Apr 22, 2019

Wondering how to cut your electric bill and save money on water? We’ve got you covered! If you’re baffled at how high your utility bills are every month, you’re not alone. Luckily there are ways to save! Green realtor Melisa Camp welcomed us into her home to show us small things you can do to save energy while saving dough!

 

1. How to Cut Your Electric Bill with Energy Efficient Windows

 

Let’s start our guide on how to cut your electric bill with energy efficient windows. Melisa says to look for windows that are “low heat gain co-efficient” and  “low e-ratings”. Those are fancy terms for values given to the windows based on how much heat and cold they allow in and keep out. When shopping, the lower the number the better. And if you want to get really fancy, you can put argon gas in between the glass panes. “[Argon gas is] more dense than oxygen, and so it forms a better barrier against whatever is going on outside your window,” says Melisa. All of these things can really help reduce your energy bill.

 

2. How to Reduce Your Energy Bill with Air Filters

 

Another tip on how to cut your electric bill? Change your air filter! You might be wondering, how often should I replace my air filters? Melisa says to always check the packaging to be sure. Depending on which ones you buy, you may need to change them every 30 to 90 days as marked. So how will changing air filters save you money? “Well, you could have reduced doctor bills because you are going to have a healthier home,” explains Melisa. “You are going to be breathing less particulates.” Melisa says changing the filters also helps prevent your HVAC from working so hard, which can lower your AC bill. You can get them for under $20 from a hardware store.

 

3. How to Cut Your Water Bill by Harvesting Rain Water

 

Let’s finish with a tip on how to cut your water bill with a rain harvester. To make, Melisa bought an old Coca Cola barrel, purchased a rain chain online, and drilled a hole for the faucet. “This is actually collecting rain water, so when it rains, the water is going to run off my roof. It’s going to go down the rain chain, and it’s going to collect in the barrel,” informs Melisa. And if you live in a colder climate, when the snow melts, you can collect that water too! Now what can you do with all this harvested water? Welp, you can use it to water your plants! “Instead of using a sprinkler head, I’m going to use rain water that I didn’t have to pay for that I got for free from mother nature,” adds Melissa. Just make sure to check with your city for local harvesting rules.

 

If you’ve been wondering how to cut your electric bill and water bill, now you’ve got three easy ways to do it!

 

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