Everyone who has a place to live can agree that expenses such as power, water, gas, heat, and phones are all a hassle but must be paid. Those are the lifeblood of many people’s life and those expenses can also assist people in their home offices, which makes them even more important. Yet that does not mean that just because they are important that you cannot save some money off those bills. After all you work hard for your money, why throw it away?
Money Saver #1. Switch to low wattage light bulbs. If you typically use a 100 watt, bulb you can switch to a 75-watt bulb very easily and without noticing a difference in the light, to save even more you can go as low as a 60 or even a 40-watt bulb. However, make sure you do not go too low or you will need lamps as well as the bulbs, which will end up costing more in the long run.
Money Saver #2. Switch outside lighting to solar powered lights. This can save money for several years, and since the lights are solar powered they will help reduce your overall energy bills. Now remember, in the quest to save money you should not spend thousands on the lights, this will not allow you to save money.
Money Saver #3. Look into having an energy audit of your home done. This will mean a professional will come inspect your home and let you know where you are losing energy, and what you can do to lower your energy bills. Some utility companies offer this for free, while others charge a small fee. If your utility company does not offer this at all, then ask them for a referral.
Money Saver #4. Look over your phone bill carefully, what services can you cut? Can you switch to a different plan that will include some services and reduce the amount of additional fees? If this is possible you can save as much as $10 a month easily, which over the course of a year is a major savings.
Money Saver #5. Find out from your long distance company about discount hours. Many companies offer this and if you make calls during these reduced times you can save almost 50% on your long distance charges.
Money Saver #6. Consider a virtual number. For example if you live in Tennessee and your closest sister lives in New York you are going to be hitting major long distance charges, so it might work out much cheaper to pay the $5 or so a month most companies charge to get a virtual number which would make it a local call to call your sister.
Money Saver #7. Use a phone book instead of calling directory assistance. This can save as much as $1 each time you need to look up a phone number. You can use any of the free directories online, or even the standard paper copies that are delivered to your home.