Do you feel like you are drowning in bills every month? Between gas, electric, cable, and phones, it’s likely you have a good amount of money slipping out the door each month just living on your own, but if you have a family it could be far worse.
You don’t have to keep feeling broke every month. There are things that you can do in order to cut back on your utility bills, you just have to be willing to make some cuts here and there. Just remember, that saved money could mean more food, more fun, or simply be saved as a nest egg, just in case.
Regulate Your Heat And Air
Whether you have central air or you are using a window air conditioning unit, you need to make sure that you aren’t wasting too much energy when it’s time to cool off. You shouldn’t need to run your air all day, if you simply shut your curtains before the sun rises you can help keep some heat out, and if you let fresh air in at evening time, when it’s cooler outside.
When it comes to heating your home, let the sun in when it’s out so that you can give the heater a little break. It helps to make sure that your windows aren’t letting cold outdoor air in and making your heating run more than it needs to be, but that doesn’t always mean new windows either. You could simply cover them in plastic.
Unplug When Not In Use
If you tend to have a lot of things plugged in or charging, start unplugging more often. Hook things that don’t need to be on constantly to a power bar with its own on/off switch. This way, with one click your items are off, and it only takes one clock to turn them on again.
Your TV and computers, and other appliances and devices, can continue to draw a good deal of energy even when they are off. The more you have continually plugged in, the more energy you are wasting.
Cut Back On Channels
If your cable or satellite bill seems a little out of control, it may be time to change your package or drop a few specialty channels. You may even want to consider shutting it off and using something like Netflix to watch shows and movies, and save a good deal of money.
Both cable and satellite over great sign up pages, but that price can jump sky high when your introductory period is over. If you have a contract for a specific amount of time, don’t break it, or you’ll have a pretty hefty bill to pay. Just wait patiently and your time to save will come.