1. Be willing to do the extras. Turning off and unplugging all appliances when not expected to use can reduce your overall energy use by 5 to 10 percent. Shutting all the windows while the air conditioning is on, making sure all the appliances are set to low like the refrigerator, which is often misused and overused and all this adds up to the throwing away of money.
2. Be willing to use any tool. Many people get out the ride mower when they have a push mower, but the reality is, a push mower uses less energy. A rake is a good replacement for a leaf blower, and simple gardening tools can replace a tiller. An axe is better Than a chainsaw because it is powered by you, and you will also end up putting less money into maintenance.
3. Get solar panels. The government will even pay for you to get solar panels if you go to the official grant website Grants.gov and apply for a grant related to energy use. If you don’t qualify, you can always lease the solar panels and the energy savings could pay for part if not all of the monthly payments.
4. Get energy efficient appliances. You need an energy efficient refrigerator, stove, coffee maker, microwave, washer and dryer or anything else you think would save you money in the long-run. You also need to think about getting a smaller freezer if you have one to store meat, because a lot of times people have freezers they simply don’t need or are too big. Getting an energy efficient air conditioner and heater will help more than anything but is often overlooked because of the initial costs of buying a new heater or air unit.
5. Save leftovers. Most American families through out 500 dollars per year in food, that equals out to around 40 dollars a month, which isn’t a great deal of money, but could pay a cell phone bill. You need to think about getting Tupper wear or zip lock bags and using the freezer or refrigerator so you don’t lose that money.
6. Buy in bulk. many people don’t take advantage of the fact that anyone can go to a business and request to buy a significant amount of a product they commonly use in bulk, this ultimately can save you 25-35 percent and sometimes more on food and other items.
7. Keep up vehicles. When you take care of your car, you are saving future cost in parts and gas mileage. Things like changing the oil, checking the tire pressure, making sure the breaks and other parts are working properly can ultimately save you a lot of money.
8. Shop around. You should always be searching for the best deal in anything that you put your money in, but you should mainly be finding out where to get the best deals on cellphone coverage, insurance and others. Refinancing a loan with another company might also help.
9. Pay attention to labels when food shopping. Protein is the most important thing you need to be aware of when shopping for food because it is the most needed by your body for energy and everything else. You should get a vitamin shake so you can get the proper nutrients but overall, it’s important to get the most protein for your money. Peanuts, noodles, crackers, peanut butter, bananas and many other food choices are cheap but offer high amounts of protein.
10. Use appliances less. If you have to cook a larger amount in order to cut oven use and store the food, it’s not a bad idea. Setting the air conditioner on a reasonable setting that is somewhat comfortable but not wasteful is one way and setting the washer on the cold water setting is another but it takes this effort for a consistent period of time before you’ll see a difference on your bill.