8) Conserve Energy
The volatility of energy markets can easily result in fluctuating utility bills that leave homeowners in the lurch. To minimize the unpredictable impact energy has on your budget, make a point of conservation:
- Turn the thermostat down 2-3 degrees. A little mild discomfort will be offset by far greater energy savings.
- Wear warmer clothing at home during the winter â€“ You may prefer to roam around in your favorite t-shirt and shorts combo, but dressing the season will make it easier to scrimp on use of the heating system. Besides, the "bundled" look is in for the fall and winter months anyway.
- Program your thermostat â€“ avoid running your heating while away at work or asleep. If you don't already have a programmable thermostat, make a point of manually turning off/down the heat while away.
- Save gas by combining errands â€“ You can spend a lot of fuel money by running errands one day at a time. Instead, combine those drive-around chores whenever possible to economize gas.
- Update your home's weather-stripping â€“ Replacing cracked or worn weather-stripping around doors and windows is relatively inexpensive, and can greatly impact your home's heating efficiency.