3 Tips For Decreasing Your Home Utility Bills

Monday, March 29, 2021
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Running a household can get expensive over time, and it’s not uncommon for us to pay for services that we either do not need or rarely use. This is why, over time, it can be worthwhile to check through our home utility bills and make changes where necessary.

It’s true that over the last year, many of us have spent more time in our homes than we were planning to. This very likely means that we’ve had more time to consider just what we actually need or what we spend on, and this is, of course, coupled with the fact that the need to save money is often stronger than ever. So, in the long run, how can we handle our home utility bills in the best possible way?

Asking yourself this question can help you discover what services aren't necessary and how you can negotiate with providers more effectively to decrease your costs. It could also be that certain elements, such as paying off your past debts, can be better structured and solved. Let’s consider three of the best tips regarding your utility bill set up, below:

Streamline Your Home Utility Bills

It can be healthy to streamline your home utility bills where appropriate. This helps you unify your payment dates and sometimes, your services under one banner. For instance, you may find that your ISP also provides cable television at a discount, and upgrading your plan often scores you a better deal. It could even be that when you use www.choosesolar.com to enhance your ethically-sourced energy consumption, you can fuse this bill with your traditional utility bill.

Negotiate For Better Prices

Utilities companies have a vested interest in keeping you on as a customer. For this reason, it can help to negotiate with them under the implied threat of you leaving to find another service provider. If another company is offering a better price, explain that to your current provider, and they will often try to match it or beat it. If you feel you’re not getting your money’s worth, tell them, and they’ll often try to accommodate you. This may not always happen, but for the price of one conversation you may find yourself a much better deal.

Measure Your Usage

Measuring your usage can also help in deciding how much to pay for services. We recently discovered that we hadn't been watching our premium movie channels from our cable provider due to all the streaming services we subscribe to. So, we promptly removed them from our account. 

You might be paying for a plan that includes sports channels and other premium channels, but do you really use all of that? If so, that’s great - if not,  downgrade your plan so you pay less.

Also, consider non-utility services. For instance, it may be that you no longer need a meal delivery plan now that you work from home, or that you can limit your insurance plans now that you spend most of your time working from home. Measure your usage intermittently throughout the year - it can truly help you understand what you need and save you money in the long run.

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