Living Frugal
Save on Utilities

The summer is heating up and you want to save on utilities. To help manage your energy bill this summer, try some of these energy saving tips to save money on the electric bill and live frugal.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

This is one of the ways you will need to spend wisely to save money.

Set manual thermostats to 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter and do not adjust them. For every degree you set the thermostat lower in the summer and higher in the winter, you can expect a 3 to 5 percent increase in your electric bill.

Check the refrigerator

Check the refrigerator or freezer for energy loss. Make sure the seals are in good condition and if not, consider replacing the seals. Avoid putting refrigerators or freezers in an area with no air-conditioning like the garage or utility room. When you are buying new appliances, look for the Energy Star labels to help save on utilities.

Check the Vents

Make sure the vents are clear of obstructions. Don't place the couch over the air vent.

Clean the Unit

Clear the outside air conditioning unit of plants or brush so airflow is not restricted.

Use a Fan

Using a fan can help make a room feel six degrees cooler and can be used to save on utilities by cutting the air conditioner thermostat up a few degrees.

Energy efficient appliances and light bulbs

Switch to high-efficiency ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs. These bulbs produce 75 percent less heat and last up to 10 times longer. They also use 75 percent less electricity than a standard incandescent light bulb and they operate at cooler temperatures.

Air Filters

Change the air filters on your unit at least once a month. If you use pleated filters, change at least once every three months. Changing the filters helps your unit run more efficiently.


Have your unit serviced professionally at least once a year.

Seal Air Leaks

Seal air leaks around your pipes with expanding foam.

Seal outlet and switch plates with pre-cut foam gasket covers.

Check the caulking and weather-stripping around the doors. If the caulk is cracked or the weather-stripping is damaged or peeling, replace the old weather-stripping or caulk.

Water Heater

Set the water heater temperature to 120 degrees.

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