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How to save money on utility bills

Bills, bills, bills. Every month they come and every month they squeeze your budget. What can you do, other than shrug your shoulders. Well, there are actually quite a lot of things you can do to lower your monthly water, energy and heating bills. Here are some tips.

  • Do a Comb Over. Go through each of your monthly bills in detail. Are there charges that seem off to you? Make a note of them, call that company and ask to have them explained. There’s a good chance you can get some of those charges removed for good. Even if you don’t see a mysterious charge on your bills, it’s a good idea to call and ask for any deals or discounts.
  • Turn it Down. If your water heater is set hotter than 120 degrees, turn it down to that mark. You’ll still have hot water, but you’ll be using less energy to heat the water, which translates to savings.
  • Cold is Best. Wash all your clothes using cold water. As US News reports, unless your clothes are extremely dirty, they’ll come clean just fine using the cold water setting. Using only cold water will reduce your energy consumption, saving you up to 50 cents per load depending on your washer.
  • Turn Them Right. If you have ceiling fans, make sure you’re using them to reduce energy costs. In the summer, you want the fan blades rotating counterclockwise, as this will provide a cooling breeze under the fan. In the winter, switch the blade direction to clockwise, so that the warm air is pushed down from the ceiling and circulated throughout the room.
  • Chris O'Shea

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