Friday, April 12, 2013


In today's economy we all look for various ways to save a penny so our paychecks can stretch further than before.  Some people brown bag their lunches,  or create their own special latte before bolting out of the door for their daily commute.

And some even take it to the extreme and combine both savings and exercise by riding a bike or jogging to work.

Rather than resorting to drastic measures to save a buck, let's look at a few easy ways you cans save money around your home:

TURN THINGS OFF when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor.  Don't keep opening the fridge door to get one item while cooking - plan what you need from the fridge and get it all in one go.

USE POWER STRIPS FOR ELECTRONICS.  Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use—TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.

MAKE IT QUICK:  Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow shower heads for additional energy savings.

AIR DRY dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.  Also, air dry some of your clothing after washing a few items by hand.

IRON OUT THE KINKS:  When doing laundry remove clothes promptly from the dryer and place on a hanger to reduce ironing time.  Also, iron what you need in one task rather than ironing on the go; a single  warm-up time costs less than constantly plugging and unplugging your iron.

Also, study your family’s lighting needs and look for ways to use controls—like sensors, dimmers, or timers — to reduce lighting use.  Use lower wattage bulbs in certain low-traffic areas.

By following these tips you will not only benefit financially, it will also help conserve our limited resources and help reduce the impact on our global environment.