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6 Ways to Cut Back on Utilities and Household Costs

Running a household isn't cheap. Whether you're a renter or an owner, you have a collection of other costs — from insurance, utilities, and groceries to cleaning and repair fees. Most SavvySugar readers dish out a minimum of $100 per month on utilities alone. If you are looking for ways to reduce all the dolla dolla bills going out the door, check out some of my household cost-cutting suggestions.

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
One thing that really made a real dent in our utility bill was to install a wood burning stove for this winter. It cost us about $2000 for the stove and pipe and installation/inspection costs and it's saved us approximately $100 a month off our gas bill. Plus, it's carbon-neutral, so it's greener than burning coal or natural gas. Of course, it helps that we have free would probably cost a little more if you have to buy your wood from someone else. Still, we expect to offset the cost of the stove in about 5 more years, which is a pretty good turnaround.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
some of these are good - but i do'nt know how realistic they are for everyone. for us, we have a little dishwasher, but we've actually started to wash dishes by hand for the past few weeks. we're lucky that we don't have to pay for water in our apartment, so that's something that we're able to save a little electricity on. the one thing that really sucks right now is that my electric bill's been higher since my fiance is out of work and has been for months. he's home all day and yes he's trying to find a job, but that doesn't mean that he doesn't have the TV on and the lights and all that. when we were both working, nothing was on during the day and that really brought my bill down.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
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