There are several factors that contribute to high usage, but much of it comes down to frequent activity.

If you have devices – computers, tablets, smart phones, security cameras, etc. – that are constantly running, it’s likely your usage numbers will be high. A few actions you can take to potentially reduce your usage include:

• Make sure your connection is password protected. You can greatly cut down on your data numbers if fewer people have access to your network. In addition, it is a violation of our AUP for subscribers to resale or intentionally share our services. You should be aware that you’re liable for any illegal activity that takes place on your network, regardless of who commits the violation, so make sure you control who has permission to use your WiFi.

• If you regularly stream video, apps like Netflix or Hulu allow you to adjust your resolution quality to pull data at a lower rate. You can do this by accessing the settings menu on those apps. Also, when using apps like YouTube, choose standard definition feeds over high definition ones when available.

• Update your antivirus and security software to ensure that it is up to date. You may be unaware of viruses or spyware that are constantly running and generating excessive internet use.

• If you own a security camera that is connected to the internet, we suggest that you activate a motion sensor so your camera only activates when there is movement around your home. We also recommend that you manage your archived footage and delete files that you no longer need.

• Set your spam filters so your email isn’t processing a high volume of unwanted messages.