How to Reduce Utility Bills by 50%

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Paying high utility bills each month can be frustrating.
Paying high utility bills each month can be frustrating. (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

With a few simple adjustments to your everyday lifestyle, you can reduce your utility bills significantly, maybe as much as 50 percent. Utility bills include electric, gas, water, telephone, cable and Internet bills. Use your resources wisely to control spending, reduce debt, increase savings, and live a simpler lifestyle. Recheck your efforts on a bimonthly or semiannual basis to ensure continued cost savings.

Grab one month's worth of utility bill statements. These may include electric, gas, water, sewer, cable, telephone, Internet and cellphone bills.

Look through each bill and see if add-on services, such as extra cable channels, are adding up to higher bills. Call and have those services removed. Also, check for billing errors. Ensure that you are receiving the monthly rate you originally signed up for with that service.

Look for alternative suppliers for each service in your area and compare rates. If you do not want to switch services, call customer service for your current utility providers and see if they would be willing to price match their competitors to keep your business. If not, switch to the lower-priced service.

Reduce spending on individual bills. For example, unplug any unused items to ensure that energy is not being wasted. Unplug cellphone chargers when they are not in use, as well as small appliances and televisions. Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms. Keep your thermostat at a steady temperature, a few degrees higher in the summer and lower in the winter to reduce heating and cooling costs.

Get rid of one or more bills. For example, if you are in really tight straits, cancel your Internet and use library computers. When your financial situation is better, you can sign up for Internet again.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ask a customer service representative from each of your utility providers to analyze your bill. The representative may find an error or a better plan for your situation.
  • Many customer service representatives receive bonuses or commissions by selling new services, so request that your customer service representative call you with any special pricing or new deals to see if taking advantage of the offer will save you money each month.
  • Sometimes, what looks too good to be true is. Sometimes, lower-cost utility providers also provide lower-quality services. Ask other locals about their choices in utility services and do research with the Better Business Bureau before switching to a lower-cost carrier.

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