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6 Ways to Save on Utilities

July 3rd, 2008 at 12:13 pm

When I think of ways to cut cost, I look at every spending category. Every little bit saved adds up.

Utilities if not watched can take a chunk out of your monthly expenses. Never think that you have exhausted every way to find extra money to save or pay off debt.

Here are 6 ways you can save on utilities each day to lower your energy bills.

1. turn off the lights when you leave a room.
2. cook twice a week in large portions instead of daily.
3. unplug electrical things like irons, tv, lamps, radios, etc. when they are not in use.
4. use the dish washer once or twice a week or not at all.
5. wash and dry clothes only when you have a full load.
6. try to not use the gas and electric during peak hours. Check with your utility company to find out what their peak hours are.

How much are your utilities each month? Is that an area you can start saving? Can you add some suggestions to the list?

3 Responses to “6 Ways to Save on Utilities”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    My biggest money saving tip; turn off the hot water heater when you are not using it. I have been doing this for 31 years. I live in a 3200 sq. foot house (with a extra garage apt.and bathroom) and i pay less than $100 a month for my electric bill.

  2. HouseHopeful Says:

    I follow most of those ways. Utilizing natural light as much as possible, unplugging all unnecessary items, consolidating cooking sessions. The one thing I'd say is dress appropriately for the weather. I've visited people dead in the summer, with 90 degree weather outside and 65 inside and they're wearing sweatpants! A/C at 75 can be very comfy inside with shorts and a tee and the fan going!

    Also, just to put it out there. Does anyone keep their dryer unplugged when not in use. I know its supposed to stay grounded, but is that necessary when not being used?

  3. klbb90 Says:

    CFLs made a big difference for my bill. For someone truly bootstraping it open the refrigerator twice a day. Once to the load a cooler in the morning and once in the evening to unload. This stops the refrigerator from running alot(esp. with kids around in summer). Sounds extreme but it works and makes a difference. Also, if you have a freezer keep it full even if you have to keep gallon containers of water in it to keep it full, the freezer won't have to run as often.

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