UTILITY SAVINGS FOR FRUGAL BUDGETS
How can you can save money on utilities? Utility savings are best
achieved with a plan. Look at your usage and devise a plan for saving
money on utilities. A plan? Yes, It is easier to save money or do
anything if you map out the actions you need to take to get where you
want to be.
Our biggest utility savings tips is down below --- keep reading.
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The Frugal Money Saver's intention is to show you simple ways to reduce your utility
bills. Implement some of these frugal tip and get control of your bills. Plus,
if you are really on the hurting edge financially, we will give some tips that
are a little more extreme, save only pennies, but add up over a few weeks or months.
Hear are some of the areas we will try to help you cut your utilities bills
- Cell phones and land line phones
- Water conservation
- Lowering your gas or fuel bill
- Electricity Savings
- Cable TV
- Solar Energy
You may find that you already know quite a few utility savings tips. Maybe
you just have not starting using them yet. Here are some common ideas:
Turn off the lights if you are not in a room
Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
Put water in the sink to rinse your razor instead of using running water to
clean off the lather.
Make shorter phone calls to friends and relative if it is a toll call or using
cell phone minutes.
Turn down the heater thermostat and wear a sweater to stay warmer.
Turn up the cooling thermostat to make the room comfortable but not cold.
You have probably heard all of these things many times. These utility savings
ideas are on TV, in pamphlets that come with your futility bills and told
to you by your mother for year. (YIKES!! FUTILITY BILLS ???? that is
an interesting typo)
To start your plan take a notebook and put the following titles on the tops
of pages: HEATING, COOLING, WATER, GAS ELECTRIC, PHONE, and any other recurring
utility bill you have. One each titled page write down all of the tips, hints
and ideas you can think of that help save money on that utility. Your utility
savings begins with a plan. Writing things down is the only way to have a
Now that you have your list of ideas on saving, write down the things you
know you do that are wasteful such as running water too long. Not fixing dripping
faucets. Now you some written information you can see. Information you can
touch and feel. When ideas are written down it is easier to make plans. When
you have plans it is easier to follow through and accomplish a goal. In this
case the goal is utility savings.
Think about how to save money by cutting your use of each utility you have.
Saving money on utilities can be easier if you have a plan.
You can start your utilities saving plan by research. Go to your favorite
search engine and do a search on saving money on utilities. OH, do that AFTER
you read my site. Then you just need to make a decision to save money and
do it. Start with the obvious money savers and go from there. It takes a plan
and a decision to follow through on
Here is a real big utility savings. Call every company
you get service from and ask them if they have a lower rate for you. REALLY!!
A lower bill could be just a phone call away. Call you electric company and
ask if they can reduce you bill in any way. Do they have a plan for single
parents on a low income. Do they have a plan for the elderly. Do they have
an plans for those with disabilities.
Guess what? If you can barely pay your bill and are regularly getting pink
notices of imminent turn off of a utility, the company will usually not tell
you there may be a lower rate. They just shut your power off. You have to
call them to learn about lower rates.
We just got a fixed monthly rate of $40 on our phone bill. We can call any
where in the USA at any time and talk as long as we want for that fixed rate
of $40 a month. Our old bill was consistently $40 plus or minus about $5.
Now we do not have to worry about long calls to friends and relatives that
are out of town. Maybe we will call those we love more often.
This "call them" technique goes for any bill you have, even your
daily newspaper. Call the paper and ask if they have a lower subscription
rate for you. It is amazing that even newspapers can give you a lower rate.
Are you having trouble paying credit card or store bills? Call them and ask
if they have a lower interest rate. They may give you a lower interest rate
for a certain number of months to help you out.
Just about everyone has heard the bible saying "Ask and ye shall receive".
Well, this is one of those times when if you ask you shall receive utility
savings you never dreamed were available.