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It’s no surprise that the world we live in has money spilling from our pockets from the moment we step out of our houses. Yet what do we do when you’re losing money by boarding yourself indoors all day too? Seeing those huge bills mixed in with your anticipated magazine subscriptions can be a pain at the least. Here are five ways you can cut those bills in half without having to toss half of everything connected to a socket out onto the street.

Get Away from The Thermostat

Most homes, especially during the winter, get anxious about wading through knee-deep snow only to get back to a house that’s borderline freezing. So how do they try to avoid this? They leave their houses on that sweet spot temperature all day. This leaves you racking up fees in a house with nobody in it.

Know When to Pull the Plug

Electronics like televisions and video game consoles have the tendency to be left on either overnight or when you decided to fall asleep on the couch. These hours may not look like much at once but add them all together and see where a decent chunk of your bills are coming from. If appliances don’t have an off button, pull out the plug from the wall.

Cut The lights

Nobody’s a fan of being in dark rooms unless it’s movie night and you’re trying to set the ambiance. With this mindset, you can find a few lights on at odd hours of the day when there’s sunlight spilling in from the windows.

Another common one is leaving lights on at night to avoid having to eventually walk around the house blindly looking for the switch. This prevents any unforeseen bumps and spills but is easily a big accident in being efficient with your energy consumption. Find a schedule that certain lights around the house should be turned off. Turn them off when you leave a room. This creates a habit where you’re consciously looking out for what shouldn’t be left on.

Make The Switch

Technology has come a long way and with that has come ways to make what we have more efficient than what it was decades ago. These days most electronics have more energy saving versions of themselves. From light bulbs to dryers and dishwashers, simply looking at their specifications in the store can help you avoid spending big bucks for common household requirements.

Some appliances have the Energy Star Label on them. This is an instant notification that they were built to save energy and still perform the same as any other. They may be more expensive but they compensate by being long-term investments that save a few bucks by the end of the month.

Last Resort

If all everything else fails, or rather you’re just not seeing a big enough scraping off enough of the bills to feel comfortable, then it might be time to change your electricity provider if there’s a chance to. This could see you saving from 10-20%.

Saving power is practically a necessity these days as we usually have more than enough to deal with. You just have to be a lot more disciplined and stop blaming the kids or your in-laws for shooting up the costs. Chances are if one person sees you making an effort to avoid leaving extra bits of cash around the house, then they too would follow suit. Stay frugal!