How to Save On Bills

We all want to save on bills. If you're anything like me, your heating and electricity bills surge out of control during the winter months, and you'd do almost anything to get them down. Fortunately, there are ways to save money on your household expenses, and if you put them into practice, you'll have a much easier time managing your budget.

How to save money on bills

There are many ways to save money on your bills -- and here they are!

1. Compare and contrast

If you're lucky enough to live somewhere where you have a choice in who provides your electricity and gas, make sure you occasionally do some comparison shopping to make sure you're getting the best deal. It sounds obvious, but many people become comfortable with their current provider and forget to check for deals.

2. If possible, update old appliances

If you're trying to save money, buying new appliances sounds counterproductive. If you can afford newer energy efficient models, though, they will pay for themselves over the course of a couple years -- and then begin saving you money like crazy. For a less expensive alternative, replace existing lightbulbs with energy efficient options: they're cheaper, greener, and require fewer replacements.

3. Make small choices that make a difference

A lot of small changes add up to big savings. Turn the thermostat down just one or two degrees and put on a sweater. Take showers instead of baths. Close heating vents in rooms you don't use often. If you can't handle the cold, invest in a small, energy efficient space heater and use it in the family room, turning down the heat in the rest of the house.

4. Unplug

Unplug and turn off appliances you aren't using. Don't leave the TV (or your computer!) on to suck up energy. And even leaving appliances plugged in can use power. Obviously you're not going to unplug your oven or microwave, but do the toaster and blender need to be plugged in at all times?

5. Seal drafty areas

You can inexpensively seal drafty windows with weather stripping. Use cute draft blockers as decorative items around doors. Close heavy curtains to keep heat in, or open them during the day to take advantage of bright sunshine. Make sure you aren't blocking your heating vents. These small changes mean your furnace has to work much less to keep your home warm during the winter.

Take advantage of these tips and you'll definitely see your bills go down. These are simple, easy ways that show you how to save on bills!

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