- Power utilities are increasingly offering renewable power options, where a certain percentage of your energy usage comes from solar or wind. Solar and wind are already driving down your overall energy bill, generally by offering a fixed discount of 10 to 15 percent on the power drawn from the project. That works out to potential savings of $135 to $200 a year, on average.
- Call your water utility and ask them about water use reduction options, such as rain barrels, to use water for non-drinking purposes, like watering gardens and cleaning. These are sometimes offered at cost or even deducted from your bill, as preventing storm runoff helps maintain water quality and reduces pollutants. But even without those perks, 30 percent of the water we use is used outdoors, so based on an average water bill of $70 a month, you could save an average of around $250 annually on your water bill.
- If you use heating fuel, some companies will swap out your old thermostat for an “intelligent” one that could reduce your bill by up to $180 a year, and the load on their system, at no charge. Be sure to ask them about bio-gas or green alternatives; they may offer a consumer discount option.