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They say the only two certainties in life are death and taxes, but bills might be a strong contendant as a third certainty. From credit card bills to utility bills, most people have them and put a lot of money towards them. In the case of your utility bills though, there are some things you can do to save money.

Talk to Your Utility Company

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to saving money on your utility bills. If you don’t know where most of the costs are coming from, how will you know where to focus your efforts? Try giving your utility company a call. They may be able to provide you with insight and suggestions for how to save money. Ask if there are any kickbacks or incentives they offer that you can take advantage of. Check to see if your power company offers a budget billing option that turns your bill into a flat rate based on your average bill rate. This can make it easier to anticipate the cost of your bills and avoid having to pay much higher bills during more extreme weather conditions.

Adjust the Temperature

Heating and cooling your home is responsible for a significant portion of your power bill. Because it’s such a strong percentage, making changes to your thermostat settings can have a real impact on your bill. It is important to adjust temperatures when you aren’t home. There is no need to be heating or air conditioning your home to the same degree when no one’s there. This is a prime opportunity to save money on heating or cooling your home. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can program it so that it starts to return your house to a more comfortable temperature before you return home.

Run Appliances at Night

Some utility companies charge different rates depending on when you use the utilities. If you’re running your appliances during peak hours, you may be getting charged more than you would outside of those hours. You can check your outdoor meter to see if you could be getting charged different rates at different times. Try running your appliances at night and see if you notice a difference on your next bill.

Utility bills can get very expensive very quickly. To save money on your utility bills, try talking to your utility company, adjusting the temperature on your thermostat, and running your appliances at night. You may be pleasantly surprised by the results of applying these cost saving methods the next time you see your bills.

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