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5 More Ways to Lower Household Expenses

It always pays to be frugal!

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As much as we want to set aside a chunk of our salary for our savings religiously, there will be times when monthly bills and daily necessities get in the way. Fortunately, there are a lot of things you can do to help ease the burden of paying utilities—even if it's just by a small percentage. Save a few extra bucks every month with these ideas: 

1. Use an alternative power source. 

Consider switching to an alternative power source like solar energy. You may have to shell out a little for installation of the panels, but it doesn't add up compared to getting an expensive monthly bill. Using alternative energy doesn't only help your wallet, it lessens your carbon footprint which helps Mother Nature, too! 

2. Switch to LED lights. 

Unlike fluorescent bulbs, light-emitting diodes are made to be energy-efficient and are known to consume up to 90% less power than its counterparts. Also, money is saved in terms of maintenance and replacement costs due to its lengthy lifespan. 

3. Start your own herb garden. 

Growing your own herbs and vegetables is a perfect way to cut costs in your home! This way, you don’t need to go to the market regularly to buy fresh produce and you’re 100% sure that they’re completely organic. You can start with a small herb garden and gradually grow it to include lettuce, sprouts, tomatoes, and more. 

READ: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Grow Herbs At Home 

4. Invest in energy-efficient appliances. 

Many of the appliances made a few years ago are no longer energy-efficient, if not all. If you're out shopping, consider looking for refrigerators, air-conditioning units, and TV sets that have energy-saving features that keep you from spending the extra electricity. 

5. Open your space to natural light. 

Whether you're building your first home or renovating, ask your architect to incorporate big windows and skylights into the design. Aside from being able to maximize the light that comes into your home, it will also leave your space looking bright and airy.

READ: 4 Ways To Let The Sunshine Into Your Home

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