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How to Save on Your Boston Utilities Bill

You can save around $160 a year on your Boston utilities bill with these two tricks.

Unplug stuff and crank down the heat 3 degrees and you can be living the good life with 250 extra greenbacks in your pocket. Get the deets below! And check out our post on the full cost of living in Boston if you want a full picture of what it will cost to rent and live in Boston (spoiler alert: it's around $1,500/month).

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1. Eliminate the “phantom charge” ($8/month)

You've probably heard about "phantom charge," so I wanted to put a dollar value on how much it actually costs. Whether you want to invest in a power strip that has an on/off switch or if you want to unplug your devices manually, the small effort it takes can save you close to $100 a year (and is pretty solid for the planet too).

2. Each degree is another 3% off your heating bill. (~$150/year for 3 degrees).

Straight up, you can save 3% on heating for every one degree you lower your thermostat. Since renters in Boston pay about 30% more for gas than the national average, heating bills in Boston runs around $61 per person. Lowering the heat by three degrees will save you about $150 per year.

What else can you do to save on Boston utilities?

I did a bunch of research on other ways to lower your utilities bill and there is some information about using energy efficient lightbulbs and changing your shower head, but honestly, as a renter you won't see a lot of return on these investments if your goal is to save money. 

Energy efficient lightbulbs are great because they use less energy and last longer, but as a renter, unless you're planning to live in the same place for more than five years (or you're going to unscrew the lightbulbs and take them with you when you move), it's not a good investment from a purely financial standpoint. There are plenty of other reasons to consider getting them, but the purpose of this specific post is to get down to brass talks and talk dollars. Same goes with the shower head.