In this economy, we’re all looking for ways to save some extra coin.  If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably already considered dropping some of the basics from your wish lists – fancy new flat screens, cars, grand vacations, and the like.  If not, well then lucky you, and please invite some of us over for a Sunday bar-b-q soon.  For the rest of you, here is a list of underappreciated, easy ways to make your money work for you just inside your own home.

– Conserve Water

Most of us don’t really take into account just how expensive our water bills really are.  Even a $100 water bill each month amounts to $1,200 each year, and that’s probably at the far low end of the spectrum.  Some tips… don’t wash your car at home; it’s a waste of water, time, and money.  Don’t take extravagantly long and lavish showers; they add up over time, and it’s wasteful.  Consider home automation services offered by companies like Vivint.

These services allow users remote access to their home appliances so that they can regulate services from afar.  For instance – if you’re in the office and you notice it’s about to rain, with the click of a few buttons on your computer or smart phone, you can turn your sprinkler system off at home and avoid wasting unnecessary water and money.  Vivint security also offers cost-effective ways to protect your home from theft and burglary, which again, in this economy, are nice not to have to deal with.

– Lighting

Thomas Edison created the incandescent light bulb circa 1880.  While he was known for a time as the “wizard of Menlo park,” I think 130 years of using basically the same rather energy inefficient bulbs has been long enough.  With numerous new and highly efficient options out there like LEDs and CFls, there’s no reason not be saving money on energy costs.  Switching your light bulbs can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.  Similarly, making sure you turn off all appliances and lights in the house when they aren’t being used is a sure-fired route to saving.

– Batteries

This one may seem a little bit crazy at first glance, but with the cost of batteries as high as they are these days, you’ll notice how much money this trick can actually save you.  If your batteries don’t have sufficient juice to power up your energy-draining camera or similar device, try putting the in the remote control for your television.  TV remotes and other smaller home devices require much less energy and can operate with near juiceless batteries for much longer.

Regardless your family budget or financial position in life, it’s always nice to know that you’re money is being well-spent and not going to waste.  By taking just a little time out of your busy schedule to consider easy money-saving strategies, you could potentially make you and your family’s quality of life that much better.