Your Household Bills
When money is especially tight, it can be hard
to see past the mountains of bills and figure
out what bills are most important and what bills
are something that can be delayed or even cancelled
in order to save money.
get a list of all your bills and rank them from
the most important to least important. Then, starting
at the bottom of the list, with the bill you deemed
least important on the list, determine if it is
something you really need, or if it is something
you can cancel or reduce. If you only watch television
once a week, consider dropping back from the premium
cable plan to the basic one, or cancelling all
together. You would be surprised at the things
you can cut or reduce from your budget by looking
at it from this perspective.
a lower service package
One way to save here is selecting
a lower service package from your cable provider.
Sure all those channels look great when you need
entertainment but if you can get by with just
the basic services for the news, you can always
find other forms of entertainment that are cheaper.
tuning your water heater
Turning down the temperature on the water heater
about 5 degrees can add a little extra due to
less electrical usage to heat the water up and
you probably wont even notice the difference.
Give a call to your utility companies, most will
give you other ideas to save around the house
such as turning down the heat a degree or two
and winterizing your home to avoid loss of heat
and the heater turning on more.
Reduce the amount of electricity that you waste
in your home. By turning off lights and appliances
when they are not in use, you can save money on
your electric bill. You can also replace light
bulbs and appliances that are not energy efficient
with new versions that consume less electricity.
naturally and on the cheap
Cut the cost of cleaning and add these to your
shopping basket. Lemon juice (49p for 250ml),
soda crystals (51p a kilo) and bicarbonate of
soda (48p for 200g). Between them, you will be
able to: get your taps sparkling; dissolve grease;
shift stains on your work surfaces; and spin out
use of your washing detergent. All for less than
the cost of one chemical-laden cleaning product.
Invest in a slow cooker for delicious meals made
using little more electricity than a light bulb.
Using a microwave to boil water is more energy
efficient than boiling water in a kettle over
the stove, so try to use your microwave to heat
water whenever possible. In the summer months,
you'll have the added advantage of not heating
up the entire house every time you boil water.
your air conditioners and heat pumps in the shade.
This will keep them cool during the summer and
they will not have to work as hard to do their
job of keeping you cool. Keeping your air conditioners
and heat pump serviced regularly could save you
money over the long run. Change the filters in
your air conditioners and heat pumps regularly.
Keep a check on your duct work. A duct with a
weak seal or even worse a broken seal will cost
you a lot more than a repairman over the years.
window blinds on all of your windows.
This will save you money throughout the whole
year by keeping heat out in the summer and keeping
heat in during the winter. Window tinting might
be a viable option as well. There are some wonderful
tints out on the marketplace now that cut light
penetration greatly while not interfering with
visual clarity from within your home. Triple pane
windows will also save you money on your electric
bill in the long run.
Many telephone and internet providers now offer
several services bundled together at a discount
price. As a result, you may well find that paying
a single fee for your line rental and broadband
service can be cheaper than paying for them separately.