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In theory, the key to reducing the cost of utilities is simple: Lower your overall usage and perform regular maintenance. But, in practice, it takes time and patience to tick off everything on the list of factors that could affect a household’s usage in the long run, as well as month-to-month — from making sure the ducts around the house stay clean to washing clothes with cold water when possible.

In 2020, the average American household spent around $4,150 on utilities, with more than $1,500 of that going to electricity bills. And, now that energy prices are on the rise, cutting down on monthly bills has become a challenge — but it can still be done. So, if you want to know how to save on utilities in between adjusting the thermostat and taking shorter showers, check out these tips: