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With every new year comes a list of new year’s resolutions. While most people have the best intentions of keeping their (often lofty) resolutions, many do not. So instead of resolving to go to the gym more or eat healthier, think about making small changes that make your life easier. One of the most life-altering resolutions everyone should make is to take control of their finances, and one of the easiest ways to do so is by re-evaluating your utility bill. Here are 5 easy and affordable fixes you can make to your home right now to cut your utility bill dramatically.

Lower Your Thermostat

Want to save money on your heating bill?  When you are away from home be sure to lower your thermostat by 8-15 degrees Fahrenheit. After all, why pay for heat that no one is using? In fact, for every one-degree drop, you can reduce your energy bill costs by 1-3 percent!

Set Your Water Heater to 120 Degrees Fahrenheit

Your water heater uses more energy than any other appliance in your home, which is why changing the temperature has a huge effect on your utility bill! Thankfully, changing the setting of your water heater is incredibly easy to do, and only needs to be done once.

Wash Clothes In Cold Water

Did you know that 90 percent of the energy used to operate the washing machine is to heat the water? By washing your clothes in cold water, you can save nearly $60 a year on energy costs alone!

Install Dimmers

While most people choose to install dimmers on their light switches for aesthetic reasons, dimmers actually can prolong the life of your light bulbs. Because dimmers limit the amount of energy that is distributed out to the bulbs, light bulbs do not burn out as quickly.

Use LED Light Bulbs

Unlike incandescent light bulbs, LED lights are much more efficient.  Not only do LED light bulbs last 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs, but they use at least 75 percent less energy than traditional bulbs.

Looking for other ways to reduce your energy bill? Let the experts at Piper Electric upgrade your home. We offer a wide range of electrical upgrades that are designed to make your home more energy efficient. Call today for a free estimate.