What you need to look out for when choosing a utility company

Utility bills are one of the most draining expenses that anyone will experience. They come often and they don’t mess around. We all go through our day using these lights and that computer, this tv and that stove. The fridge is always running, the microwave is on and the tap tends to leak. It’s unavoidable (unless you have become completely self sustainable, in that case kudos! Not an easy feat!) so the best we can do for ourselves and for the environment is to be mindful about our usage and look into our utility providers.

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It is always a good idea to look at how you are using your gas, electricity and water. It so easy to forget that you have left the stove on, which is also incredibly dangerous, but such a simple mistake can cost you a lot of money and waste a valuable resource. If you have a gas heater, only use it when you really need too, put another layer on before you head to the thermostat.

Make sure you turn off all your appliances and lights when you aren’t using them. Having non energy efficient lights and leaving them on all day is a surefire way to add a few dollars onto your bill and waste electricity.

Leaking taps are another culprit, not properly turning the tap off or letting your kitchen pipes leak away will waste litres of water and lots of money. It’s a relatively easy fix that you can do yourself in most cases, otherwise it is usually a run-of-the-mill job for a plumber.

In addition to looking at your habits, there are several companies that specialize in comparing providers and finding the best option for you, this is one of the quickest and easiest ways to start saving money on those bills because once you get your base rate down, your overall bills will quickly decline.

Ivy Delfin works in marketing for Save Central, a comparison service that allows you to find the best deal for you.

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