5 Ways to Save as Utility Bills Increase

Noel Daily Life

With outside temperatures reaching very low digits last December and into the new year, many consumers are now finding their utility bills higher than ever before. As the demand for natural gas and power increases during cold temperatures, prices often increase as well.

Here are 5 ways you can potentially save on your next utility bill!

  1. Change to a fixed rate – If you haven’t already, change your natural gas price to a fixed instead of a variable rate. Fixed is the same rate every month, while variable can change depending on the amount of natural gas you use.
  2. Turn off unnecessary lights – With most people working from home these days, it’s easy to keep lights on that may not be necessary. Switch lights off when the sun comes up.
  3. Use less water – Whether you are showering, brushing your teeth, or washing your hands, we often let water run unnecessarily long. Turn off the tap when possible.
  4. Change to a smart thermostat – Especially through the night when everyone is asleep, turning down the heat during those night time hours could make a big difference to your utility bill.

With Spring around the corner, the good news is that temperatures are expected to rise again over the coming months! And with the rise in temperatures comes the hope of a decrease in utility costs once again.

Word of the day:

Utility Bills – Costs related to electricity, gas, water, or sewage.

References: Expensive utility bills in Alberta caused by cold weather, supply and demand and phasing out coal | CTV News