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If you fail to reduce your water heater to 120 degrees or don’t turn it off when it’s not in use this is called an energy vampire. Many electronics and appliances still use electricity even when turned off making them energy vampires. You could lower your utility bill simply by putting them on a power strip that you could off when they’re not in use. Be sure to turn off the lights when you leave a room and use timers on holiday lights. And switch out your old lightbulbs for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), halogen incandescents or light emitting diodes (LEDs).
8. Get a budget plan
If you don't want to go into debt and you’re really concerned about your utility bill this winter (or summer) there is a free option available from almost all energy companies called the budget plan. The way this works is that the utility adds up your bills from the past 12 months and then averages them into one amount that it bills you each month. If you choose a budget plan, you’ll be paying less over the winter months but more in the summer.