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10 ways to save money on your utility bill

Jean Chatzky | Jean Chatzky

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Save money on utilities

Although the green movement has been trumpeting the importance of energy conservation for years, it popped up on Americans’ radar screens in a major way after oil-price spikes in 2008 caused utility companies to add fuel surcharges to customers’ bills.

Add to that water shortages in many regions of the country that forced strict water use restrictions, and homeowners have plenty of incentive to save money on their utility bills any way they can.

Here are 10 large and small changes you can make to help your home be more energy efficient and cut utility bills for years to come.