Filing your personal taxes can be easier than it used to be. Unfortunately, what you could claim last year may not be the same this year. I have compiled a list of the common personal tax laws that have changed since last tax season on my website. I have also provided several tips that can help you get the biggest return possible without manipulating your tax forms. You can learn how to get the biggest return while following the IRS guidelines so you do not have to worry about tax audits or getting a penalty letter a few years after getting your check.
If you are a homeowner, you are most likely aware of the estimated amount you pay each month for your electricity bill. If you are trying to save money, the amount you pay for your electricity can be reduced by changing some of your habits and by making some slight changes in the equipment you use in the home. Here are some ways to save on the electricity you use in your home.
Take A Look At Your Bill
To understand how much you spend each month, take a look at your electricity bill in detail. Many companies will have rates that fluctuate each quarter depending on the supply and demand in your area. If you find that your electricity rates are too high for your liking, and making changes around your home does not lower it enough, you may want to consider switching to another company. Read the fine print with any contract an electric company proposes, as some will offer reduced rates for an initial period and then raise them later on. Check your bill to see if rates are cheaper during off-peak hours, and consider using your appliances during these times to save on the amount you spend.
Change How You Use Your Equipment
Switching out incandescent light bulbs to LED, halogen, or fluorescent bulbs will have a positive impact on the wattage you use each month. Incandescent bulbs were phased out from stores in 2014, so any bulbs you still have hanging around in lighting sources in your home will need to be changed when they blow out anyway.
When you go to bed at night, unplug appliances that are not going to be used until the next day. Current still runs from the outlet to the plug even when the appliance is shut off.
Turn your thermostat up a degree in the summertime and down a degree in the wintertime from what you would normally set the temperature. This will help keep your heat or air conditioning from coming on as frequently, saving you electricity as a result.
Limit Appliance Usage
Make a conscious effort to turn off lights, televisions, and appliances that are not being utilized. Instead of using a drier, hang your clothing on racks or a clothesline and throw them in a drier for a few minutes after they air dry to soften them. Have family members take turns washing dishes by hand instead of using a dishwasher which uses a lot of power to operate the electricity and the water heater. Instead of watching television or hanging around looking things up on your computer, shut them down on a sunny day and take a book outside or take a walk instead!
14 July 2015