• Adam H. Cooke

10 Best Ways to Save on your Utility Bills |

Updated: 19 hours ago

For cost-saving ideas, if money is tight and you are looking for ways to save cash, consider your washer, hot water heater and ceiling fan.

Utility bills can be expensive. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR program, the average household in America spends approximately $2,000 annually on energy bills. You can boost your family's budget by finding ways to lower your monthly utility bills.

You can do basic things like turning off lights when you leave a space and not lowering the temperature of your air conditioner so that it freezes your home, but you will need to do more to conserve energy and reduce your utility bills.

Lauren Greutman is a consumer savings expert at She says, "A lot of small things add up to big saving."

So what can you do to reduce the financial burden resulting from your daily activities?

USA TODAY met with budget experts to learn some utility-saving tips. Here are 10 ways you can save:

1. Take a look around

Greutman suggests that you compare shop for clothes, cars, and loans. You should also shop around to find a lower-cost utility provider.

She advises that you call your power company to get a list of energy providers they use. Once you have this list, compare prices and choose the lowest-price provider. This one phone call can help you save hundreds of dollars.

2. Your thermostat can be controlled

It is a way to transfer wealth to utility providers by keeping your home too hot or too cold when there are no one else in your home.

If your son prefers to be in a cool place to sleep during the summer months, it doesn't necessarily mean that he should set the temperature to a cold temperature before he gets up and goes to work. You can also set it to 66° at