How to Save on Utility Bills and Trips to the Gas Station

We show you how to slash utility bills and make fewer trips to the gas pump.

Add together all of your energy costs -- for natural gas, electricity and gasoline -- and you're likely spending $7,000 a year. The average U.S. household pays $1,900 annually in utility bills, according to the Department of Energy. And the typical two-car family pays nearly $5,000 a year at the gas pump -- after factoring in price spikes over the past year that have added about $800 to the annual tab.

You can't do much about the price of energy, but you can control how much of it you use by making your vehicle fleet more fuel-efficient and adding energy-saving improvements to your home. One place to start is with a home energy audit. Do-it-yourselfers can try Energy Star's Home Energy Yardstick or, for a more in-depth look, the Home Energy Saver, developed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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