How to Save Money on Utilities

Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 10:58 AM

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Are you worried about the increasing cost of your utility bills? If you are careful and keep in mind some basic points, you can save money on utilities and bring down the cost of your utility bills.

It is important for you to understand the law of diminishing marginal utility, which will make it easier for you to save money on utilities. This law states that the more of a product you consume, the lesser amount of utility you will  get from its consumption. Thus, if you save electricity, the utility derived from the amount consumed will be more compared to when you consume more electricity. In other words, saving energy at home not only reduces your utility bills but also gives you more value for the amount that you are consuming. But how is this possible? Read on to find out.
 
The Substitution Effect and the Income Effect in the context of saving utilities
The substitution effect is when you substitute a cheaper good for a costlier good. As your average utility bills rise, the price of utilities also rises. When you see your costs rising, you will start looking for cheaper substitutes, which may not be as healthy or safe. If you save money on utilities, your average utility bills will come down and you won't have to resort to cheaper substitutes. This argument becomes stronger if we consider the effect on income too. Income effect states that when the price of a good falls, your real purchasing power rises. In other words, you can buy more of some other goods with the money you have left from saving in others. You might have noticed that one of the biggest expenses you have is your energy bill. Saving energy at home will reduce your average utility bill. This will leave you with more money to spend on other things. Energy saving at home has never been a more viable option.
 
What methods should be adopted?
The basic method is to have a general audit done and use the results to save on your utility bills. Saving energy at home can be done by visual audit in which you identify evident leakage areas in your home to save electricity and reduce your utility bills. However, this method is not very reliable as it is not thorough.
 
Another method is the Basic Energy Efficiency Audit in which certain equipment is used to identify how much energy saving at home is possible. This audit can help you save electricity by inspecting nonvisible energy loss areas.
 
You can also opt for the costlier Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Model to save electricity and reduce utility bills. With this method, a computer-built model is made of your home for a detailed analysis that aims to help you identify methods to save electricity and bring down your utility bill.
 
When you save energy, you not only help yourself by bringing down your utility bills, but you also help the planet.

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