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How to saving utilities money


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Utilities costs

Utilities are a key component of your household budget. To keep your finances under control, it` s important set asides money for recurrent expenses, like utilities. You have to consider the size of your apartment and the general climate. Depending on location, and the terms of your lease, you may be responsible for different utilities.

  • An average electric bill may be as low as 2,800 yen per month or as high as 10,000 yen.
  • An average gas bill may be as low as 1,100 yen to 1,600 yen and came fluctuate depending on the season.
  • An average water and sewer bills may be as low as 1,500 yen and 1,600 yen for 2 months
  • Others
    Other utilities are often optional but may contribute to your monthly cost. Consider cable, internet, rental insurance, phone and an alarm service, to name a few. These can add between 15,000 yen and 20,000 yen a month, depending on how many you get.

Budgeting Methods

  • Prior to moving in to a new apartment, determine how much your utilities will cost by looking up rates on the utility company` s website.
  • Call them to discuss residential rates and to ask whether plans are available for saving money. For example, some electric companies offer discounted rates for using the bulk of your electric during off hours. In this scenario, there are two rates and higher rate is charged for electricity used during peak hours; but a discounted rate is offered for off-peak hours.(usually evening and nighttime) Your prior apartment` s utilities bills provide an estimate of how various utilities such as your electricity, water, and gas should be cost. These bills will serve as a starting point for your new budget. Keep in mind that your utility usage may differ in your new apartment, and the rates in your neighborhood may be higher or lower than your old one.
  • After moving in, collect utility bills for several months. Sort them by type and look to see whether your bills are consistent from month to month, or whether the cost fluctuates significantly.
  • Think about use of a particular utility. Do you use more water at certain times of the year, for watering plants or cleaning? By asking yourself questions, establish whether you did something out of the ordinary, which might explain cost differences.

At the conclusion of this process, make educated guesses about the average amount you expect to spend every month, for each of your utilities. Based on your analysis, create a utilities budget. Then, adjust your budget as necessary. Planning and diligence will prevent surprises in your utilities bills.