Thursday, May 31, 2012

Other ways to save money around the house

1. Don't use so much electricity. Put everything on power strips, and turn the power strips off when you're not using the item in question. Don't leave lights on when you're not in the room. Don't leave computers running overnight. Either turn the AC way up, or turn it off entirely; just open all the windows and let a circulating fan keep things cool. Don't use the dryer--hang clothes outside, or around the house now that all the windows are open. It doesn't sound like much, but turning things off/using power strips saved me 70% off my bill.

2. Run the washer and the dishwasher only when they're full.

3. Take out the trash only when the bag is full.

4. It goes without saying, but don't buy things you can make yourself. (Coffee; sandwiches; bottled water.)

5. Move the soap out of the way of the shower stream. If you keep the soap dry when you're not using it, it'll last 40% longer.

6. Cut open bottles/tubes to get the very last of whatever it is out. Toothpaste, shampoo, etc.

7.  Don't use so much toothpaste/shampoo/dish detergent/whatever to begin with. A pea-sized dab of toothpaste gets your teeth just as clean. The detergent pit in the dishwasher is twice as big as it needs to be, so only fill it half full.

8. You can get anything clean with bleach, water, and/or baking soda. No need for cleaning supplies.

9. Fresh air and a book of matches will kill weird odors way better than commercial air fresheners.

10. Run errands in batches, not one at a time.

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