5 Ways to Reduce Your Utility Bills

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There it is - another utility bill in the mail today.

If you dread receiving utility bills in the mail, is it because they keep going up?

A lot of people feel like they are paying too much for their utilities, so you're not alone. Yet, there's very little you can do to eliminate these types of bills. After all, can you live without gas and electricity?

If you're in this boat and want to know how to pay less for these monthly expenses, check out the following five tips.

1. Turn Down Your Thermostat

Turning down your thermostat by even just a few degrees can make a big difference in your heating costs.

If you prefer being warm while you're home and while you're awake, keep the thermostat higher during those times, but turn it down when you leave your home or when you go to bed at night.

To benefit the most from this step, purchase a programmable thermostat. Installing one of these will make a difference in your energy costs.

2. Install Weather Stripping Where Needed

Weather stripping is a product made of felt, foam, plastic, or metal, and you can use it around doors, windows, and other openings in your home.

If you place this material around all openings, it seals them tighter. The tight seal it offers provides a way to cut back on drafts coming in your home. It also stops heat from escaping a home.

3. Cut Back on Hot Water Usage

If you had a way to see how much money you spend on heating your water, you would probably discover that it's around 20% of your utility bills.

To save money, you should consider finding ways to cut back on hot water usage.

For example, you could limit showers in your home to five minutes or less. Another idea is running your dishwasher only when it is really full and always using the energy-efficient cycle.

4. Eliminate Unnecessary Electronics

You may also find some luck in this by going through your house and unplugging every unnecessary electronic you have.

You might not know that electronics not only use electricity when someone is using them, but they can also use energy when they are plugged in - even when they aren't on.

5. Update Your Appliances

One last idea to consider is updating the appliances in your home. If you have old appliances, even if they are only eight to ten years old, they might be using a lot more electricity than newer ones use.

Manufacturers design new appliances in ways that make them highly efficient. A high-efficient appliance will use just a fraction of the energy an older one uses.

Learn More About Managing Your Utility Bills

If you are struggling to pay your utility bills, you might be able to find organizations that offer assistance.

You should try some of the tips here, though, to see if they make a difference.

Check out our blog to learn more about how you can save money on your utility bills.

 

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