Times are tough these days, especially for the more than one-third of all seniors who rely solely on Social Security for their retirement income. Retirees are trying to cut back on spending — especially on items severely impacted by inflation such as gas and groceries — but that is often not enough. To help you stretch your dollars, we have compiled some great money saving tips from SeniorLiving.org on how to trim your utility bills.
To save on your electricity bill:
- Turn off lights when you’re not in the room.
- Install energy-efficient light bulbs.
- Purchase a smart thermostat and only use the heat or air conditioning during off-peak times.
- Unplug appliances when not in use.
- Use dryer balls when doing laundry to cut down on drying time or air dry your clothes.
To save on your water bill:
- Turn off the bathroom faucet while brushing your teeth.
- Fill the kitchen sink to wash your dishes instead of leaving the water running the entire time.
- Use a dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand because it uses less water. Also, avoid running the dishwasher during peak hours in the evening to save on your electricity bill.
- Check for leaky sinks or toilets and get them fixed.
- Purchase low-flow shower heads and faucets.
The Seniors Trust is committed to improving the financial well-being of America’s retirees through passage of The Social Security Expansion Act. It will give retirees an immediate benefits increase of about $65 a month, a fair annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), increased minimum benefits, and this bill will ensure the long-term solvency of the Social Security program.