27 Ways To Save Money On Your Utility Bills.

In about 3 weeks, I am moving away from New Mexico to Denver, CO. I will be leaving behind a house that provided virtually free AC and heat (being a passive solar home), pretty cheap “high-speed” internet (for New Mexico), incredibly low taxes and assorted other things that come along with living in one of the poorest states in the country. Colorado, on the other hand, costs more to live in. Way more. My rent, my utilities, my taxes, and my insurance will all be going up come November. I am NOT looking forward to that part of moving, but am looking forward to the opportunities I will be gaining for a new start. (More on that later) But because my expenses will be going up, I started looking into ways to cut my utility/monthly bills in my new home — and came up with way more than even I can use. So I figured I would share them with you guys in case there were any you had missed in your quest to reduce your monthly expenses!

  • Replace your water-intensive lawn with xeriscaping
  • Fix a leaky faucet
  • Call and ask for a discount. I plan on doing this to both Qwest and Comcast to compare internet rates
  • Up the deductible on your home and auto insurance policies
  • Buy regular gasoline instead of premium. Most cars run fine on it
  • Ditch the phone company and get a VOIP phone
  • Line dry your clothing
  • Drive smoothly, not stop and go
  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Unplug unused appliances
  • Caulk leaks and cracks around doors and windows
  • Pay your bills online
  • Install a rain barrel to collect rainwater for watering
  • Only wash full loads in the washing machine
  • Get your family on a family plan with your cell phone company
  • Use weatherstripping around your door seals
  • Get rid of a home phone completely
  • Install faucet aerators (only like $2 and well worth it)
  • Turn off heat and/or AC to seldom used rooms
  • If you have an iPhone, install Skype and use it at home for all your phone calls.
  • Hang thermal drapes during the winter to keep the cold out and the heat in
  • Slow down your high-speed internet to a cheaper tier. Chances are you won’t notice
  • Keep a log of car services you have done, such as tire rotations/oil changes
  • Set your water heater to 120 degrees. Anything more than that and you are wasting money
  • Buy generic/store brand drugs when you can; usually, they are just as good as name-brand
  • Get rid of credit cards that charge an annual fee, unless you are getting something amazing out of the rewards that might go along with the fee
  • Make your own cleaners and laundry detergent

Because I am only talking about utility/monthly expenses, I didn’t mention things like “give up lattes” or “stop going out to eat”. I wanted to focus on reducing the cost of the necessities in this list. What would you add to it? Maybe I could use your tip in my new home!

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  1. david says:

    One quick one to add–run dishwasher/washer/dryer at nite–electricity rates are cheaper then, plus it will help keep the house cooler in the summer and awrmer in the winter

  2. Excellent article!

    Some of the tips you mentioned, I’ve never hear of before…

    Especially the following:
    running skype on iphone

    Thanks for the new leads, and keep up the great work!

  3. Eddie says:

    Hi did not see the new compact light bulbs or turning off lights when not in use!