If you are like most Canadians, you adjust your home’s thermostat as needed for comfort without giving much thought about how those adjustments will affect your utility bill. You may turn on and off your faucets, run the washing machine and more without considering how much your water bill will be at the end of the month. Then when you open your water and energy bills, you are forced to pay the amount due. It may seem as if the cost of your water and energy bills is beyond your control. After all, you have to keep your home temperate for the comfort of your family. You also have to bathe, wash clothes and more as needed. The fact is, however, that you can reduce the cost of your utility bills by following a few easy tips.
There are numerous steps you can take to reduce energy consumption in your home. Even small things such as running your ceiling fans regularly to improve air flow and circulation, installing energy-efficient light bulbs and unplugging appliances and electronics that are not in use can equate to significant savings over time. Buying energy-efficient appliances when you make a new appliance purchase and adjusting the thermostat upward in the summer and downward in the winter can also help. You may consider having an energy company visit your home to perform an energy audit. Through an energy audit, you can learn if your home’s energy consumption can be further reduced by installing more insulation, weather stripping the doors and windows and more.
When most people think about saving water, they think about being forced to stop using water as needed. However, you need to take a shower regularly, and you need to wash dishes, clean clothes and more with water as well. The fact is that saving water can be accomplished easily without eliminating or reducing what you use it for. Something as simple as installing low-flow toilets, faucets and shower heads can allow you to continue to use water freely while also reducing water consumption. Fixing water leaks can also help you to reduce water waste and save money on your water bill.
When Bills Are Too High
These efforts can help you to lower bills for energy and water consumption on a regular basis. However, utility bills will still continue to fluctuate on a monthly basis. Some months, the bills may continue to be higher than what you had planned, and this can throw your budget off kilter. This most often occurs with Canadians who live on a tight budget due to a high amount of personal debt. One step you can consider taking to make your financial situation less tenuous is to reduce outstanding debt. Some people can reduce their debts on their own, but others may benefit from talking to a debt specialist for assistance.
Nobody wants to be surprised by high utility bills at the end of the month. These tips can help you to lower your utility expenses on a regular basis, but you may consider exploring the option to reduce outstanding credit card debt as well. If you want to learn how to become debt free, you can visit www.debt.ca for more information.
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