25 Money Savings Tips for the Home
- Install a programmable thermostat.
- Use “Smart Power Strips” to turn off power to electronics when not in use.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room.
- Install surge protectors on all electronics.
- Install CFLs or LEDs wherever possible.
- Buy only EnergyStar® appliances.
- Change furnace filters at least every 90 days.
- Create a budget and stick to it.
- Use curtains and blinds to keep out drafts in winter and too much direct sun in summer.
- Organize your basement and garage and sell unneeded items.
- Analyze your cable TV and phone service for services that can be eliminated.
- Dial back your thermostat 2 degrees in winter and up 2 degrees in summer.
- Use your computer to search for bargains in groceries, auto supplies, vitamins and other items.
- Pay yourself first and set a minimum amount to be saved each pay period.
- Cancel your land line phone and use your cell only.
- Purchase food in bulk at warehouse clubs and split huge quantities with friends/relatives.
- Forget the movie theater and rent movies from the “Redbox.”
- Barter services or goods with others.
- Use income tax software to do your taxes.
- Insulate your water heater (unless the manufacturer says it’s not necessary).
- Take your lunch to work at least 2 days a week.
- Launder in cold water.
- Enroll in your electric company’s energy saver program.
- Buy generic.
- Wash whole loads only in washing machines and dishwashers.