How to Live Frugally: Tips for Reducing Utility Bills
Part of the Frugal Living For Dummies Cheat Sheet
You don't have to take cold showers or drop the long-distance plan to cut back on your utility bills. If you want to become a frugal utility user combine a number of these ideas to save money:
Check your utilities' billing statements for extra services (such as call forwarding or voice messaging on your phone bill) and cancel the services you don't need or use.
Order basic cable rather than the full cable service with high-priced premium channels.
Recycle your glass, paper, and cardboard trash to reduce the amount of garbage you need to pay to have hauled away each week.
Don't use operator assistance for placing long-distance calls unless absolutely necessary.
Keep curtains closed on south-facing windows during the heat of the day for a cooler house.
Cook with small appliances (toaster, microwave, slow cooker, electric skillet) in the summer instead of heating up the stove or oven and heating up your house unnecessarily.
Use a draft stopper at the bottom of all outside doors during the winter to keep the warm air inside and the chilling cold air outside.
Reach for a blanket or sweater when you're feeling cold, instead of immediately turning up the thermostat.
Fill your freezer completely for maximum efficiency. Fill empty milk jugs with water to take up empty space, if need be.
Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when you have full loads.
Fix leaky faucets and running toilets as soon as you detect a problem.