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Have you chosen the right utilities for your home? Sure, you have a smooth wi-fi internet connection and a pretty decent electricity bill. Every month your energy provider charges you a set amount and you pay it almost absent-mindedly. However, perhaps you are paying for your electric supply without realizing that your supplier is actually charging you energy rates that would make large business customers think twice.

The average monthly cost of utilities for U.S. residents is just under $400 per month, and that number goes on electric rates, internet connection, water rates, gas suppliers, and energy providers. If you are comfortable with that number for what you are getting then your energy bills will not be giving you much of a headache. But if you are paying in excess of that number and have slow internet speeds or ridiculous electric rates that are leaving you penniless, then here is some advice on taking the fight to the suppliers and getting your money’s worth.

Being Savvy

The first thing that you must do, is to be certain that you are paying for much more than what you are getting. Is your electric plan enough for the number of family members residing under one roof? Similarly, do you feel you have the right energy plan for your climate?

After all, if you live in Florida then you are far more likely to use your air conditioning units than you would if you are living in Boston. So, go through your bills, total them up and see if you have the right plans for you right now, or if they have become outdated since you got them. Then, go online and compare electricity and energy costs based on your personal situation and see if there are other suppliers out there offering energy plans that will save you a bit of money.

But before you end up calling your current energy or electricity supplier up and canceling your tariff in favor of a new plan, tell them that you have found a great deal, and give them a chance to offer you an electricity plan or energy rate that is a little more amiable for your wallet. After all, if they have a way to make it up to you by charging you less, then great, you win! But if they can’t, well you still have alternatives to choose from, when you change your electricity supplier.

Cost-Effectiveness

Using comparison sites can also help you change your home internet service in addition to lowering the cost of your energy usage. From large to small, the various utilities within the home can all be negotiated to lower pricing, and will even help you avoid the hassle of any potential additional cost that you may have missed.

That said, the best way to ensure that you can keep the home working the way you want it to is by staying on top of the appliances and seeing if there are no problems causing them to drain your resources. HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) units have a symbiotic relationship. If one of the components breaks down, the other will overcompensate and will use a lot more of your electricity or energy supply as a result. Keep all of your appliances in full working order.

Future Planning

Of course, despite efforts in keeping your appliances in full working order; they sometimes just become obsolete. In this case, don’t wait until it breaks to replace them, but get ahead of the curve by future-proofing your appliances as well. As the world becomes more in tune with the effects of human interaction on the environment, energy experts are ensuring that green energy is both cheaper and more mainstream. Ultimately, they will save you money, and will soon be replacing your current energy supply within your home. Get out ahead, and replace the power with cleaner options.

Dina Holtz