A great article about ways to live more frugally from beingfrugal.net. Here's the link to the article:
And here's the tips on how to save on utilities. Click on the link above to see all the other tips for living frugally.
Save Money on UtilitiesIncluding tips by No More Spending, Damsel, Susan, Paula, southernseven, Looby, Fresch, My Dollar Plan, and several more.
- Turn off every electrical item at the plug every night. Putting everything on power strips makes this easier.
- Keep the lights off during the day.
- Line dry clothes outside when it’s warm and sunny.
- Line dry clothes by setting dryer racks over heater vents. Use your shower rod if you need even more room.
- Let dishes air dry after running them through the dishwasher.
- Cancel the cable.
- Don’t use hot water in the summer.
- Consider a family plan for cell phones.
- Use CFL bulbs.
- Turn down the thermostat (or turn it off). Use candles in the room to raise the temperature. A set of little tea candles goes a long way.
- Don’t run the heater at night.
- Open windows on summer nights to cool down the house.
- Use a fan.
- Get rid of your land line and use your cell phone.
- Take short showers.
- Insulate your water pipes.
- Install low flow showerheads and aerators on all faucets.
- If you’re going to be in and out all day, park on the street, rather than using the electric garage door opener multiple times.
- If you live in an apartment, see if you can split the cost of a wireless connection with your neighbors. But make sure it’s legal first.
- Turn off the PC if you won’t be using it for an hour or more.
- Use nightlights that only come on when it’s dark.
- Use nightlights in the bathroom, so if you have to use the bathroom at night, you don’t have to turn on the light.
- Keep the freezer full. If you have to, put milk jugs filled with water in the freezer. It’s less expensive to keep a full freezer cold than an empty one.
- Never leave the water running when rinsing dishes, brushing teeth, etc. Only use the water you need.