Trim util­ity bills

Cecil Whig - - COMICS & PUZZLES - EV­ERY­DAY CHEAP­SKATE

At least 120 util­ity com­pa­nies have low­ered elec­tric, gas or water rates due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which cut the cor­po­rate rate from 35 per­cent to 21 per­cent. Util­ity com­pa­nies are pass­ing on the tax sav­ings in the form of lower rates for cus­tomers.

But don’t as­sume there’s noth­ing else you can do to stop spend­ing so much of your hard­earned money on util­ity bills. Check out these projects that can be com­pleted in 15 min­utes or less and re­quire no ad­vanced skills or spe­cial equip­ment. Soon you’ll be keep­ing more of your hard-earned money in your pocket — not your util­ity provider’s. Ready ... set ... go!

HOT WATER-SAV­ING SHOWER HEAD

The Evolve La­dy­bug Shower Head adapter saves the hot water. At about $20, the La­dy­bug is so smart it senses the mo­ment the water is warm and stops the flow to a tiny trickle. When you’re ready, just flip a switch to restart the nor­mal flow.

DE­TECT

LEAKS

The Black + Decker TLD100 En­ergy Series Ther­mal Leak De­tec­tor is an amaz­ing tool that uses in­frared sen­sors to mea­sure sur­face tem­per­a­ture to help home­own­ers track down drafts in ar­eas where en­ergy is leak­ing out of your home. SOCKET SEALERS In­stall foam in­serts (about 25 cents each) to stop warmed or cooled air from be­ing sucked out of the house through the air gaps around ev­ery switch and out­let.

SMART POWER STRIPS Smart power strips like the Ton­bux WiFi Smart Power Strip work to re­duce your power us­age by au­to­mat­i­cally shut­ting down power to prod­ucts that go into standby mode POWER

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