“Flip the Switch” classes offer practical tips for a cheaper, more energy-efficient home

It’s no secret that the cost of goods and services, particularly necessities like the cost of utilities and food, are rising faster than incomes for most Americans, due in large part to an anemic economic recovery. That’s why the Americans for Prosperity Foundation is committed to promoting freedom and opportunity so people can not only survive but still thrive in the economy through classes like “Flip the Switch,” which gives attendees practical tips for reducing their utility bills.

If you’re one of the many people around the country who’s frustrated with their endlessly rising utility bills, one of our classes recently offered a list of ten ways to save on your utility bill that we’re excited to share with you here. Each of these tips can help you save more money, whether you’re saving for an emergency fund, the funds for a new business, or that vacation you’ve been dreaming about for too long.

1. Turn off the lights. This tip is often forgotten because it seems so simple, but don’t underestimate the money you can save just by turning off the lights whenever you leave the room or the house. Any time you aren’t using a light bulb or other other appliance, save money just by turning it off.

2. Unplug your appliances and electronics. Many people don’t know that plugs are constantly using small amounts of electricity. If you’ve got an appliance that can be easily unplugged, unplug it when you’re not using it to save on your electric bill.

3. Think about your thermostat. It might seem like a pain, but heating and cooling are one of the biggest causes of high utility bills. A good rule of thumb is to set your thermostat as high as comfortable in hot weather, and as low as comfortable in colder weather. It might take some getting used to, but once you see that lower utility bill, you’ll be glad you did.

4. Use ceiling fans. If you want to cool down without cranking on that expensive A/C, fans are a great solution. Just remember to turn the fan off when you leave the room so you don’t use more energy than you need to!

5. Blinds and curtains are your best friend. Direct sunlight plays a big part in the heating and cooling of your home, so be sure to use blinds or curtains to cool things down in hot weather, and throw them open in colder months to add a little natural warmth.

6. Clean and replace your air filters. Let’s be honest, changing out air filters can be a gross job. Unfortunately, a clogged, dirty air filter makes heating and cooling less efficient and more expensive. Make sure to replace them every two to three months to save money.

7. Adjust your hot water heater. This might seem like an obscure tip, but the reality is that no one really needs their water heater set at more than 120 degrees. Still need convincing? You can save 3 to 5 percent on water heating costs for every 10 degree reduction, up to 14 percent of home energy use. Those are big savings for a relatively painless change!

8. Watch your hot water usage. Heating water accounts for a large percentage of your energy costs, so make sure to limit the length of your showers and limit hot water use when you’re washing dishes or clothes.

9. Run an efficient kitchen. Little things add up when it comes to energy use in the kitchen, so make sure you’re using less by covering pots when you boil water and using the microwave instead of the oven whenever possible.

10. Fix those leaky faucets. Besides the annoying dripping noise, a leaky faucet can cost you a lot of money. Most leaks are cheaply and easily fixed, and if you rent, your landlord should be able to fix the issue quickly as well.

If you found these tips helpful, you’ll be happy to know that this is just a small sample of the awesome, helpful guidance we offer through our “Flip the Switch” classes! Through “Flip the Switch,” as well as our other Bridge to Wellbeing classes, we’re helping Americans everywhere learn how to use their freedom to improve their lives, one life at a time. To learn more about “Flip the Switch” or any of our other incredible classes, or to find and register for a class near you, visit us at