While most people enjoy the comforts of home – electricity, cable TV, wireless Internet, gas and other services – there is nothing worse than having to pay the bills for those services every month. But, it is a necessary evil. The bad thing is that many people actually overpay for some of the basic comforts that are standard in most homes. This often occurs with electricity, gas and water bills. Some folks just assume that what they pay is the going rate. That is not true, however. There are some things that you can do to start saving money on your monthly utility costs.55bbc7c2c46188601f8b45b4

Follow these tips and tricks to see nearly immediate savings on your home utility bills…

Do a Quick “Power Check” Each Night

In nearly all homes there are lights, fans and other energy hogs that stay powered on; sometimes around the clock. Each night before you go to sleep do a quick “power check” through the house. Your check will include looking for things that are sucking up expensive energy and powering them down. Cable boxes don’t have to stay powered up all night. According to a prominent energy provider, simply turning off this one piece of electronics would save most households a little over $17 a year. Now multiply that by the number of other appliances and gadgets that stay up and running and figure out how much you can save.

Tweak Water Heater Settings

People often ignore their water heaters completely until there is something wrong with these devices. Doing so, however, can lead to a few problems.

We all have left fans, lights or appliances on at night while we sleep, but doing so wastes increasingly expensive energy. For starters, if your water heater is set too high, it can actually make the water so hot there is a risk of scalding. But that is not the only way a hot water heater that goes unchecked can burn you. If you leave yours set to a temperature that is higher than 120 degrees, you are probably wasting money each month. The EPA estimated that a water heater set at 140 degrees can cause energy bills to climb by somewhere between $36 and $61 a year. And that is just in standby heat losses. Bringing water up to the higher temp can cost up to $400 in additional utility costs each year. Go check your hot water heater settings now, and set yours to 120 degrees to start saving money.

Check for Energy Leaks

You wouldn’t throw money out the window, so why do so many people allow money (in the form of wasted heating/cooling energy) to cost them extra on their utility bills. Small leaks in the home can add up to the same thing as leaving one of your windows wide open throughout the year. Buying some affordable expanding caulk can help to seal up these little leaky areas. To find them, look around windows, doorframes, along the place where the basement wall meets the house frame and for any odd holes or cracks that may be helping costly energy to escape your house.

These are just a few tricks to create a more energy efficient home and lower monthly utility bills. Simply putting these few tips into action could add up to big savings over the course of the next few years. We rely on the comforts of having electricity, AC/Heat and running water, but that does not mean that anyone should pay more for these essential services than they have to.

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