Trim utility bills
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.
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