Here's something we can all agree on: Bills are basically the worst.
Nobody likes seeing their hard-earned money go toward things like water, electricity, and gas bills (even though in most cases, you need all three in order to function).
Luckily, I've got some good news for you. Here are 10 things you can literally do today to lower your utility bills.
1. Make sure you're using your ceiling fan correctly.
via: ShutterstockYou know that little black switch on the side of your ceiling fan? Well, it's not just for decoration (it'd honestly be kind of weird if it was, right?). In the winter, flip the switch up, so the fan spins clockwise. That way, it will push the hot air that's risen back down on you and keep you nice and cozy.
2. Adjust your thermostat.
via: ShutterstockEven a slight change to the temperature can save you mega bucks on your electricity bill. In the summer, try to keep the temperature hovering around 78 degrees (trust me; you can probably get used to not having the AC on full blast).
3. Lock in extra heat during the winter by putting insulation film on your windows.
via: AmazonThey are super easy to install and can easily save you all kinds of money when it comes to heating your house. If you've ever walked by your window and felt a slight breeze, window film will completely solve that problem.
4. Don't run your dishwasher until it's completely full.
via: ShutterstockYou waste a lot of water every time you run the dishwasher for a less-than-full load of dishes. Make sure to hold off until the dishwasher is completely full.
5. Get a rain barrel.
via: ShutterstockUse a rain barrel or cistern to collect rainwater for use in your garden, yard, birdbath, or anywhere else rainwater could be handy. There's no point in paying for water from your hose when it literally falls from the sky for free! (Please note: Rain barrels and/or cisterns are not legal in all states or counties. Do your research before investing in one!) Here's another handy tip to lower your water bill...
6. Install aerators on your faucets.
via: ShutterstockThey are super easy to install all by yourself — all you have to do is screw them onto your faucet like a bottle cap. Alternatively, you can also completely replace your faucets (and showerheads, etc.) with models that use less water.
7. Switch to LED bulbs.
via: ShutterstockFor a while it seemed like everyone was singing the praises of the CFL bulb. Now, though, we've moved on to LEDs. They're super efficient, last basically forever, and don't even cost that much (especially considering you replace way less often than old-school bulbs).
8. Turn power strips off when you're not using them.
via: ShutterstockCome on, you already know this one. Take a look around your house. How many tiny lights do you see lit up on things you're not currently using? I'm guessing it's probably at least 10. Obviously, those tiny lights indicate that there's power running to those electronics. If you're not using them, turn them off. An easy way to do this is to have everything plugged into a power strip and simply switch it off when the items aren't in use.
9. Get a door draft blocker.This hack is similar to using that plastic film on your windows. There's most likely a small gap between the bottom of your exterior doors and the floor.
10. Put a dry towel in the dryer with your wet laundry.
via: ShutterstockThe less time it takes to dry your laundry, the less electricity it takes (you figured that out already, I'm sure). Putting a dry towel in with your wet laundry can shorten dry time by a significant amount.