How to Keep Your Bills Manageable While Staying at Home During COVID-19

Staying at home is becoming part of our day-to-day lives due to the current situation with the coronavirus. Since you’re spending all of your time at home, you’re probably using your utilities more than usual, especially during summertime, when kids are on vacation, and therefore, they are also using more utilities. The more water, electricity, and cooling you use, the more costly your bills become. Saving money on your bills is mostly about using your home utilities as efficiently as possible, that is why we have prepared this article with some good ways to do that:

Unplug non-essential electronics

Did you know that all electronic devices still consume some power when they’re plugged in, even if you turn them off? That includes your tv, stereo, chargers, appliances and everything else. Any individual device doesn’t use much power, but together they can really add up over time. Look around your home for any electronics you’re not using but keep plugged in. Start with the obvious (computers, tvs, chargers), but don’t forget to get a little more creative than that. Just be careful not to go overboard and unplug anything you really need.

Open your windows

Don’t be afraid to open your windows. You don’t need to worry about coronavirus blowing in through your open windows. The government and CDC recommend opening your windows to circulate fresh air to prevent stagnation. Opening your windows has benefits for your power bills also. Keep a close eye on how often your HVAC is running. By opening your windows, you can let more cool air in and rely on your AC less. Keeping your shades up also lets natural sunlight in, which can help you turn on fewer light bulbs during the day.

As you’re probably washing your hands a lot right now because you must be taking the advice of the CDC to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, remember to: TURN OFF THE WATER WHILE YOU’RE WASHING.

You should only run the water twice while washing your hands: once when you first lather up, and once when you rinse. Only run the water on for as long as both of those actions take two seconds.

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It is also great for the environment the average bidet seat user reduces their toilet paper usage by about 75%, from 23.6 rolls per person to 5 or 6 rolls a year. For a family of four, that saves almost 80 rolls of toilet paper – which is a tenth of a tree, and a savings of at least $80 per year.

Look for leaks

Did you know that a faucet that drips four times per minute wastes 138 gallons of water per year? A hairline fracture in a pipe that’s leaking could waste even more even if you don’t see it. Any type of plumbing leak, no matter how apparently inconsequential, is costing you money. One of the most cost-effective things you can do while social distancing is finding and fixing these leaks. Make these repairs as soon as you can.

JCN Plumbing is here to help. Our experts take all the necessary precautions to keep you safe while we provide our services.

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If you have any questions about how to save money during a shelter in place, or if you need a plumbing repair now, give us a call. We are more than happy to be able to help you.

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