Saving Tips on Summer Utility Bills

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

In Austin we have been experiencing unpresented hot temperatures! Lake Travis is 29.22 feet below (651.89 feet) which full is 681 feet. The Austin Water moved to stage 1 watering on June 6th. If we don’t get some much needed rain we will move to Stage 2.

With the ridiculous price of gas and food many families are struggling to make ends meet.  Saving on utility bills can really help keep more money in your wallet. I’ve divided these tips into 2 groups:

ENERGY:

u Turn off your power strips when not in use and unplug electronics.

u Avoid turning on your oven during the hottest time of the day.

u When doing your laundry; wash full loads.

u Thermostats should be set at 78 degrees or higher.

u Use energy efficient lighting.

u Windows hit by direct sunlight keep curtains and blinds drawn.

WATER:

u Efficient dishwashers use as little as 4 gallons per cycle, use it rather than washing by hand.

u Water your lawn only on your assigned day and times.

u If you take a bath only half fill the tub, limit showers to 5 minutes or less.

u Install water-saving aerators on your bathroom faucets.

u Install water-saving showerheads that use 1.5 gallons per minute or less.

Take time and try some of these summer saving tips and see if they make a difference in your utility bills!

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Comments (15)

Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

Great tips Dorie!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

With the ridiculous price of gas and food many families are struggling to make ends meet.  Saving on utility bills can really help keep more money in your wallet. 

Jun 20, 2022 04:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Dorie... while we all would like to save money on energy costs, there's not a snowball's chance in hell I'll be setting a thermostat to 78 degrees when it's in the 90's outside! I've worked long and hard for 50+ years to make sure I have some level of comfort in my home both when it's hot outside or cold outside. 

Jun 20, 2022 04:58 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Good morning Nina,


And that choice is yours! Have a great day!

Jun 20, 2022 05:32 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

These are good tips. I know there are many people struggling with the high temperatures and doing what they can to stay cool. As well as trying to save water. Yikes.

Jun 20, 2022 05:05 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

So true Kat Palmiotti 

Jun 20, 2022 05:32 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dorie. Great tips to save energy that should always be applied. As for the current economy and saving money, use common sense and vote your wallet, not your prejudice. If you relocate for a better quality of life, pay attention to the political climate that created it! Enjoy your day.

Jun 20, 2022 05:19 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

You are spot on Wayne Martin 

Jun 20, 2022 05:33 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are great tips and I hope that eventually, everyone will be able to harness the power of the sun for their electricity needs.

Jun 20, 2022 05:24 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It certainly helps when one does that Brian England 

Jun 20, 2022 05:33 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Dorie - no question everyone's electric bills per kwh have gone up since last year.

Jun 20, 2022 06:01 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

And the rate as well Grant Schneider 

Jun 20, 2022 05:05 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dorie and thank you for the great tips, other then the a/c one I follow all of them.  Make it a great day!

 

 

Jun 20, 2022 06:01 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Good for you Will Hamm 

Jun 20, 2022 05:05 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Great Energy and Water saving tips this morning Dorie, and perfect time of the year to make sure these are all taken care of.

Jun 20, 2022 06:18 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Especially this year with our heat wave that his hit Austin early Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 

Jun 20, 2022 05:06 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, great tips for saving on water and electricity and we do need to be careful with our water.

Jun 20, 2022 06:40 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Water is something that is very precious and we are going to need to be very careful to preserve our resources Joan Cox 

Jun 20, 2022 05:07 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice to share.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Jun 20, 2022 10:13 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Roy Kelley 

Jun 20, 2022 05:07 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie energy bills are going through the roof, so any tips on how to keep those bills down is very much appreciated.

Jun 20, 2022 12:28 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

They certainly are George Souto 

Jun 20, 2022 05:08 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are valuable saving tips, Dorie.  I've learned to cut back in a number of ways.  Fortunately, I'm a swimmer, and shower at the my local health club.  And, I've learned to combine trips in my car, so I'm using much less gas.

Jun 20, 2022 01:20 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Good for you Myrl Jeffcoat we all need to find conscious ways to conserve

Jun 20, 2022 05:08 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Dorie, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 20, 2022 01:21 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat ..Most appreciated and honored!

Jun 20, 2022 05:09 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dorie- these are such good tips. When I read a few years ago that using the dishwasher uses less water I switched immediately. We have been shutting our shades in the back of the house in the afternoon which is where we get the most sun and it helps tremendously. 

Jun 20, 2022 04:24 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I did the same thing Kathy Streib with the dishwasher! I always thought it took less water hand washing but not so!

Jun 20, 2022 05:10 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Dorie, these all make sense.  I think one of the big surprises is how little water a newer dish washer uses.  Hoping for you to get some moisture soon.  M

Jun 21, 2022 03:11 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho ...we are hoping for some moisture too..we sure need it!

Jun 21, 2022 04:27 AM