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Episode 21: Save the Food

The average US adult spends $1,300 per year on food that is ultimately thrown away! That means ~30% of all food expenses just go straight to the landfill. Strategies for smart shopping and storage can reduce this wasted cost at grocery stores and restaurants. Be sure to eat your leftovers!

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Episode 20: House Party

When buying beer for a house party, is it cheapest to purchase aluminum cans, glass bottles, or a keg? What are low-cost snacks that will impress your guests? Buying in bulk, creating your own snack trays, and using reusable dishes can save a lot of money when hosting parties!

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Episode 19: We Hit Peak

The price you pay per kWh of electricity & per gallon of water can change from hour to hour or from month to month depending on the rate structure that your utility companies use. Understanding how you’re charged for water & energy can help you minimize the price you pay for utilities!

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Episode 18: Free Money

Did you know that utility companies and the government will give you money in the form of rebates and tax credits to help pay for home upgrades? These financial incentives help you upgrade to more energy- and water-efficient heating & cooling systems, water fixtures, light bulbs, and more!

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Episode 17: Catching Rays

Investing in residential solar can significantly reduce your electricity bills! Your savings will depend on how expensive your electricity bill usually is, how often the sun shines on your roof, how many solar tax rebates are available in your area, and how you choose to finance your installation.

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Episode 16: Smart Savings

Is it cheaper to adjust your thermostat temperature when you’re away from home or leave it as is? Listen to the final episode of our 4-episode mini-series on heating & cooling costs to learn more! Programmable or smart thermostats can greatly reduce these costs, saving up to $176 per year!

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Episode 15: Heatin’ Up

This is Episode #3 of our 4-episode mini-series on reducing heating & cooling expenses! Heating expenses are typically the largest single item of a household’s energy bills, with an average US household paying up to $900 per year for heating. Upgrade to EnergyStar systems to reduce this cost!

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Episode 14: Coolin’ Down

Welcome to Episode #2 of our mini-series on reducing heating & cooling costs! The average household spends $273 per year to cool their homes, but this can be higher than $550 for homes in hot, humid climates. Upgrade your system, use fans, & wear light clothes to reduce this expense!

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Episode 13: That House is Tight

This is Episode 1 of a 4-episode mini-series on reducing heating & cooling costs! The average household spends $882 per year to heat & cool their homes. About 30% of this cost is due to air leakage & insufficient insulation. Tighten your building envelope to reduce this wasted expense!

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Episode 12: Cooking Cash Flow

How often do you cook? Which kitchen appliances do you use? The average US household spends $88 per year to use their ovens, stovetops, and microwaves. Use the properly-sized stovetop burner, cover your pans while cooking, and cook multiple meals at once to save on your utility bills.

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Episode 11: Fridge Finance

Depending on the age, type, and size of your refrigerator(s), you could be spending over $300 per year to keep your food cold! Tighten the door seal, organize and label your food, and let your food cool off before putting it in the refrigerator or freezer to save money on your electricity bill.

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Episode 10: Hang Dry, Hang Loose

Air drying clothes can save the average US household with an electric dryer almost $100 per year! But even with machine drying, huge savings can be achieved by upgrading to an EnergyStar heat pump dryer. Look into purchasing some dryer balls to even further reduce costs!

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Episode 9: Front-Loaded Savings

Front load, EnergyStar clothes washing machines provide a low-cost way to clean the 320 loads of laundry that the average US household does per year. Even further financial savings can be achieved by washing with less hot water and making sure to run the washing machine only when it’s full.

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Episode 8: Wash By Hand?

Is it cheaper to wash your dishes by hand or to use a dishwasher? It depends on how often you run your dishwasher and how much water you use to wash dishes by hand. The average household spends about $105 per year to wash dishes; learn how to reduce this expense by 60%!

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Episode 7: Money Leaks

About 13% of the water bill for an average US household accounts for water that is lost to household leaks. That’s $112 per year wasted on water that isn’t even used! By repairing dripping faucets and fixing broken pipes, you can minimize household leaks and put money back in your pocket.

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Episode 6: Wash Your Hands!

The average US household spends $249 per year to use their sinks! Sink usage at home has increased over 21% during the pandemic, adding $52 to this average annual expense, for a total of $301. Installing aerators and turning off the sink while you brush your teeth can reduce your costs by up to 50%!

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Episode 5: Squeaky Clean

The average US household spends $312 per year for the water and energy costs to take showers and baths! You can reduce this expense by 50% or more by taking colder and shorter showers. Upgrading to a low-flow shower head alone can save you up to $78 per year!

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Episode 4: Scalding Hot Savings

The average US household spends $296 every year to heat water! Adding some low-cost insulation to your water heater tank and lowering the hot water temperature to 120F are easy ways to reduce this expense. Upgrading to a heat pump water heater can reach annual savings as high as $148!

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Episode 3: LIT

Do you still use a lot of CFLs and incandescent light bulbs in your home? LEDs use about 40% and 85% less energy than CFLs and incandescents, respectively, and LEDs can operate for up to 50,000 hours before replacement! Switching to all LEDs can provide huge savings for your electricity bill!

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Episode 2: Money-Sucking Vampires

The average US household spends about $200/year (or almost 2 months’ worth of electricity bills) on powering devices that they aren’t even using! This electricity usage is referred to as vampire loads. Learn how power strips and smarter charging habits can help reduce these costs!

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Episode 1: Potty Talk

How much money are you flushing down the toilet? Adding a couple of bricks to your toilet tank or upgrading to a dual flush toilet can reduce your toilet water costs by as much as 67%! Food coloring can help you identify leaks that could cause you to pay for an extra 300 gallons of water per day.

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It All Adds Up

Episode 0: Intro

Welcome to It All Adds Up! We’re your hosts, Lizzy and John, and we’ll discuss our plans for the podcast series. We’ll start by introducing major areas of waste in our daily expenses, particularly utility bills, food, and transportation.

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