At a Glance: Stick a water bottle in the toilet tank and alter water temps to save big on your utility bill.
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When you’re a student, every penny counts. Thankfully, sometimes it takes only a small adjustment to make a big difference. Here are five home hacks to cut utility costs without cramping your lifestyle:

Watch your water

An average American household of four uses 400 gallons of water every day! And of that, the biggest consumer of household water is the toilet. To conserve and save money, try putting a 2-liter bottle of water in your toilet tank. It will save with every flush by displacing the water.

Other water-saving tips to try: Replace your showerhead with one that is more efficient. Seems like a small change, but can really add up month to month.

Tamper with temps

Water heating accounts for about 18 percent of the energy consumed in your home. Turn down your water heater temperature to 120 degrees to save on heating energy. You probably won’t even notice the difference.

Other temp changes to try: Set your thermostat to 10 to 15 degrees lower while you’re sleeping, at work or on vacation. You won’t notice the change, but your bill will. Also, if you have a fireplace, be sure to lower or turn off the thermostat while the fire blazes, and close the damper once the fire is extinguished to keep warm air in.

Set aside an hour or so this weekend to make just a few of these changes and watch your utility bills drop. Get the kids involved to teach them about small changes that can have a big impact.


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