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10 Money Saving Household Tips

  1. Lower your thermostat in the winter. For each degree that you drop, you can cut your heating bill by up to 3 percent.
  2. Stop that dripping faucet. Sixty drops a minute will waste about 6,428 gallons of water per year, according to the US Geological Survey.
  3. Shower quickly and save. A 15 minute shower a day costs about $310 a year, even with a low flow shower head. Cutting the time by a third will save about $100 annually.
  4. Save on printer ink by using the Century Gothic font, which a recent study showed consumes about a third less ink than industry-standard Arial. That saves about $20 per year for a home user printing 25 pages a week.
  5. Shorten your dryer-vent hose. Trim the hose length so that it’s just long enough for you to pull the dryer out a few feet. A Short and unobstructed line makes your dryer run more efficiently saving you money and helping your clothes dry faster.
  6. Close closet doors to lower the square footage you’re heating and cooling. This can save you about $50 per year off your energy bills.
  7. Plant a deciduous tree on the south, west, or east side of your house. Once mature, it’ll shade your roof and cut your cooling costs by up to 30%.
  8. Plan your meals around your grocery store’s flyer, instead of a cookbook or whatever you can dream up. Look at the biggest sales, then plan meals based on those ingredients and what you have on hand.
  9. Air up your tires. For every two PSI that all of your tires are below the recommended level, you lose 1% on your gas mileage.
  10. Utilize online bill pay with your bank. You’ll keep in much closer contact with your money and you’ll save money on stamps and paper checks by filling in an online form.

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