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The 5 best ways to save money on your utilities this winter

Call Your Utility Company

In some areas, you might not have many options for decreasing your utility bill. If you only have one provider, for example, there might not be much room for negotiation. In others, your rates may vary, and a quick call to your utility company could be enough to save you money this winter.

Turn Down the Thermostat

Winter is the season of warm clothes: sweaters, hoodies, and warm jackets. Since you’re probably flaunting them indoors anyway, you might as well take advantage of that added source of warmth to turn down the heat. Add an extra layer, wrap up in a warm blanket, and bring the thermostat down to 65 to save a significant amount of money on your utility bill this winter.

Update or Unplug Your Appliances

If it has a display, puts off light, or stays plugged into the wall, it’s probably sucking electricity. By unplugging your unused televisions, blu-ray players, computers, and even microwaves and other kitchen appliances, you can shave a little off your bill when you need it most. Older and bulkier tube televisions suck up more energy when not in use compared to updated flat screen televisions. To help you save money when upgrading your television, shop online at places like Overstock that offer refurbished televisions. For additional savings, search online for discount codes for wherever you are shopping.

Seal Off Rooms You Aren’t Using

Does your basement stay empty? Do you have a guest room that’s used primarily for storage? Why are you paying to heat those rooms when there’s no one in them? Turn off the vents, close the doors, and let your heat stay trapped in the rooms that are actually in use in your home.

Check Your Water Heater

If it’s set at more than 125 degrees, you’re losing money–especially during the winter months, when cold air and cold water coming through the pipes can make it harder than ever before to keep that water warm. Drop the temperature on your water heater and watch your bill come down.

Keeping your utility bills consistent throughout the year might be impossible, but dropping those bills even during the cold winter months isn’t impossible. You don’t have to wear a coat indoors or huddle around a tiny space heater to ensure that you don’t go into debt just trying to keep your house warm this winter. Using these methods to save a little energy could be enough to keep your bill in better shape.

Author bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on twitter: @RachelleWilber

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