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How to Estimate the Cost of Utilities in Your Home

Moving to a new location can be time consuming as well as stressful. Whether the individual is moving around the block or across the country, expenses usually take a front seat. There is the cost of securing the new place, hooking up utilities, transportation, and possibly the cost for help with the move. Estimating your utilities for the new home or apartment is easier than could be expected.

Many times an individual simply needs to contact the utility company and ask for an estimate of what the prior tenants paid per month. This will be a rough estimate and one may spend more or less depending on use. A more accurate assessment would be in securing what the average kilowatt hour costs. This can then be compared to what your average usage is to determine what the costs will be.

Another viable option in calculating one's utilities expenses in a new location is to use one of the many online calculators that are available, such as the one from csgnetwork.com. These tools will help in determining what the average bills will be based on your light bulb wattage and your appliances. Again this will be a rough estimate and actual usage may be higher or lower depending on demand.

One of the best ways to watch your costs is to determine what utilities are essential. While it is always nice to have satellite t.v. and a home phone (in addition to a cell phone), these are not essential to surviving everyday. It is far more important to have electricity and gas, as well as water and garbage pickup. Some areas will allow residents to acquire a dump permit which will alleviate the need to pay someone else to dispose of your trash.

Bundling deals can also be had with many companies. There are a variety of options when seeking utility hook ups. Many companies actually offer more than one service now. One may be able to bundle their gas and electric into one bill and lower the overall costs. This is also true with phone, cable, and internet services. Make sure to weigh all options and call around for the best rates. This may be time consuming, but it will save you money in the long run.

Looking for further ways to save on your energy bills? Contact your Oklahoma City Plumbing professionals at Hull Plumbing by dialing (405) 246-9763 to schedule an in-home consultation to show you how you can better optimize your home, today.

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