2. Cut the cord. If you can dump the home phone, you can at least try getting rid of cable TV. With so many online viewing choices through Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and others, along with DVD rentals and a chance to get through all of those books you’ve been meaning to read, dropping cable TV for at least a few months is easier than its ever been.
Many streaming services cost about $8 a month, though some are free. Unless you want to watch shows on your computer, you may have to invest $100 or even much less in a streaming device such as Roku, Apple TV or Google Chromecast so you can drop the $75 or so you’re spending each month on cable TV.
3. Fan it. If high summer temperatures are causing you to turn the air conditioner up, you could see your electric bill rise by $50 or more in a month. Stop cooling the entire house and buy a portable fan for the room you’re in.
An oscillating stand fan can cost $25 and more than pays for itself. If you’re away from home much of the day and find your electricity costs go up, buy a programmable thermostat that will set the temperature to a comfortable level a few hours before you get home.