It’s easy to function on auto-pilot around the house. I know we plug things in, set them to do “their thing” and that’s that. Turns out, by functioning on auto you could be wasting money. I’m going to work on re-evaluating all of our appliances regularly to see where we might be able to cut back even just a little bit more. It’s important to make sure your home is as energy efficient as possible so that you are not paying extra money.
Click through for 7 places around your home you should check…
7 Places You’re Probably Wasting Money Around the House 1 of 8
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Your Washing Machine 2 of 8
If you wash your loads of laundry in varying temperatures, you could be wasting a lot of money. The action of the washer is what helps to remove the dirt from your clothing, so use cold water and save money on your hot water heating costs and electricity.
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Your Air Conditioner 3 of 8
If you fail to maintain your air conditioning units, you are likely wasting a lot of electricity and putting your AC unit at risk for breaking. You should regularly clean the filters that collect dust or your air conditioner may end up working much harder than necessary resulting in a breakdown and lost electricity.
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Your Wall Outlets 4 of 8
You probably have a lot of things plugged into your wall outlets that are using energy for no reason. Cell phone chargers, lights, and game chargers can quickly add up. Invest in a quality power strip where you can plug these things in and easily turn off the power strip when nothing is in use.
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Your Thermostat 5 of 8
If you are not home during the day, turn your thermostat down every day before you leave. If your heat or air conditioning is running when no one is there, you are wasting energy.
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Your Doors and Windows 6 of 8
If your doors and windows are not properly sealed or are old, you may be losing heat or cool air consistently. Replacing the weather stripping or even the doors and windows themselves could improve the efficiency of your heat and air and cut down on electricity and heating oil costs.
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Your Television 7 of 8
There are a lot of options in cable television these days and you may be paying for way more than you actually need or even use. Review what you are getting from your cable company or satellite provider to see what packages you are paying for versus what you actually use. If you don't want to cut out cable altogether, you can at least explore cheaper options.
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Your Couch Cushions 8 of 8
Don't underestimate the power of loose change. Have several collection points around your home to hold the loose change you have. Every few months, count out the change, wrap it up, and deposit it into a savings account for use on a family vacation, during the holidays, or for rainy day fun.
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