How to Cut Your Living Expenses

Saving money is the province of most Americans, regardless of your income level.  The more you earn, sometimes the greater the need to cut corners. And yet, no matter where you sit on the earning scale, becoming ever thriftier is just what it takes to help keep you in the black.

Here are a few ways to help you accomplish that goal and feel better about yourself at the same time:

  1. If you have a motor vehicle that you don’t use very often, like a motorcycle perhaps, consider selling it and putting the proceeds in your saving account. It’s not like you have to give up for good – maybe right now there’s simply no room for the payment of cost of insurance in your budget.
  1. Turn to Craigslist of eBay to offload “stuff” you haven’t used in ages and may not even know you still possess. You know what they say: one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. So, who knows what kind of secret treasures you’re hanging onto that others might be glad to take off your hands. Maybe this won’t reduce any of your expenses, but it can help at least a little in meeting them.
  1. Replace at least one standard thermostat with a programmable thermostat. Yes, that’s an expense in and of itself, but the amount you can save to heat and cool your home can trim buck bucks off your utility bills.
  1. Unplug all unused or seldom used electrical devices in your home, because even though they may be off, they’re still drawing power. Have a second stove you use only for large gatherings? Unplug it until the next time you need it. You can also use timers to turn certain items on and off at pre-set schedules.
  1. Add window caulk and weather stripping around doors to stop leaking conditioned air year-round. Remember: nothing consumes more energy in your home than your heating and cooling systems. So, anything you can do to keep comfortable for less puts more money back in your pocket.

You know what else you can do to keep your AC costs under control. Contact Service Pros today to request our heating or AC preventative maintenance service.  With annual cleanings and inspections, your systems will run better, last longer, and help keep your energy and repair costs down. And that’s a nice reflection on your commitment to saving money.

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