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Cutting the Cord Beyond Cable

By |Thursday August 25, 2016

In recent years, more and more people have been dropping their cable packages in favor of streaming services like Hulu and Netflix. Why pay for a hundred extra channels you don’t want when you can cherry-pick your favorite TV shows and movies for a fraction of the price? Why stop at the cable cord? There are several thriftier options in other areas of your life as well. Let’s explore how you could step away from the traditional way of doing things and cut the cord beyond cable.
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The cost of the average monthly cable bill in the United States is $99 a month. The average number of channels you receive for that $99 is 189. If we break down the figures, that means you are paying 52¢ per channel. But how many of those cable channels are you actually watching regularly? For most Americans, the answer is a paltry 17; that’s 172 cable channels that aren’t even being seen! You’re paying a whopping $89.44 on the channels you are not even watching. If you were to opt for the top streaming services: Netflix ($10), Hulu ($7.99), Amazon Prime ($8.25) and HBO Now ($15), your total would come out to $41.24 — less than half the cost of your average cable bill.

You could save with your commute too. If you’re an average driver, you put 15,000 miles on your car per year; that’s 41 miles per day. With the average gas price at $2.23 per gallon, you are probably spending $3.87 per day to drive your gas-powered vehicle. The alternative is an electric vehicle that can go 60 miles on a single charge. With electricity at roughly 12¢ per kWh, that would cut your cost to $2.46 per day. This difference in cost could save you $1.41 per day and up to $473.76 annually.

You can also save on your home power needs. A tankless water heater will save you $300 per year. Insulating your home could save as much as $6,000 on heating bills. Solar panels could also save you up to 50% or 60% annually on energy bills.

Savings can also be found in the workplace. Telecommuting can save both employees and employers, as the average office space is $33,345 to rent while the average commute time is 22.8 minutes a day, equivalent to $621 per year. A virtual office solution, such as Podio or Trello, can outright eliminate these costs.

Let’s take this cord-cutting approach to our phone services. The average cost of a landline is $35 a month while the average cost of a cell phone bill is $73 a month. With Ooma, you could make unlimited nationwide calls over the Internet for just $3.99 a month. You’d be saving more than $30 a month with Ooma as your landline alternative.

You may be wondering why in this day and age of cellular technology we are still talking about landlines. Unfortunately, when it comes to 911 calls, mobile devices are not ideal. The failure rate for dispatchers to determine a caller’s GPS location is alarming across several states, such as Colorado (42%), Texas (67%), Virginia (71%), California (63%) and Washington, D.C. (90%). 911 was specifically designed to transmit a caller’s precise location over a hard-wired connection. This becomes problematic when 45% of Americans opt out of landline coverage and 70% of all 911 calls are made via cell phone. Ooma offers a reliable and cost-effective Internet-based alternative that could save tens of thousands of lives with its E911 services. With Ooma, 911 will always be able to find you, and your loved ones will be texted immediately whenever 911 is dialed. This guaranteed security at times when every second counts could be yours for only $3.99 a month with Ooma. That’s less than a Netflix subscription.

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