Ways To Save Electricity

by Tia Wilson
(Arizona)

When it comes to several ways to save electricity there are plenty of methods and things that can be done to cut that bill in half. Some day to day habits like turning off the lights when you leave the room or if something goes unused for a long period of time make sure to unplug it. Many times just turning off the TV or unplugging an appliance when not in use is one of the simplest ways to save electricity and can have an overall reduction of energy use.

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When you want to cut back a little extra on your monthly power bill you can make some small changes in your home like changing out your light bulbs. Nowadays there are many ways to save electricity by using lights that can replace the old incandescent bulbs if you have not already. Fluorescent bulbs not only consume less energy as well as lasting as much as 10 times longer life span.

There are advantages when it comes to taking your old appliances such as your aged water heater and replacing it with a new economically efficient one. Many times the elements inside the water heaters can be replaced thereafter only once every several years for maximum efficiency. In the long run this can save you money since having hot water is a necessity for washing dishes and bathing.

Depending on where you live, insulation is another of the ways to save electricity because it can have a huge impact on your energy usage. Starting from your attic to ensuring windows are well insulated enough against cold or a high temperature is a step closer to saving you money. When entering or exiting your home or office, doors can be a reducer for keeping the warm or cool air inside making your air conditioner or heater work more. Some easy things to do such as not keeping your external doors open for too long all assist in saving energy costs.

Blinds and curtains are an important key when it comes to hotter environments and commonly lighter colors can be more helpful to deter absorbing heat. Many times the sun can shine directly into some windows come noon so making sure to close the blinds or curtains can keep from heating up the room. In some cases, outside expandable awnings can be used to protect from the excess heat give you results.

There are many different ways to save electricity and reduce overall costs on your energy bill that can over time lead to a great savings leaving you more money in your pocket. Replacing some old appliances and doing some routine maintenance on others such as cleaning around the motor of your refrigerator is sure to help. Many ways to save electricity are out there so cutting back on your energy usage to save some cash is worth the effort.

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Good Suggested Ways to Save Electricity
by: Gwenlyn

We recently just replaced our old outmoded washer and dryer with an energy efficient set and you wouldn't believe how much difference they make! We also got a credit for the set which made the purchase that much better.

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Lights
by: MLsmith

I have some florescent and LED lights I use. It seems like I have used them forever. I am only now having to change out one of the florescents. It is still hanging in there so I have not done it yet.

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Change the air filter!
by: Kayla

My electric bills kept creeping up and I couldn't figure out why until I checked the air filter in our
Heating and air conditioner. It was filthy and that meant it had to work twice as hard for a lot less output. I now change my filter faithfully every month.

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Ways to save electricity - Check your HVAC!
by: Delores

My electric bills were outrageous until I replace my old HVAC unit. This alone, cut my electric bill in half. If you have an older unit, this is something worth updating as the number one electrical expense in your home is heating and air conditioning.

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CFC Bulbs
by: Santana

I recently changed out all our conventional light bulbs and replaced them with the CFC. It was a bit expensive, I have a lot of lights, but I'm sure they'll pay off in the long run.

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New appliances
by: Misty

You know we just redid our kitchen and we bought all new energy efficient appliances. I could not believe how much less our electric bill was the 1st month. You really think it's a gimmick that they are just trying to sell you appliances but they really are energy efficient and one of the best ways to save electricity.

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I Changed Light Bulbs!
by: Graceful

I finally got around to changing all of our old light bulbs to the new fluorescent ones and what a difference! Our home is lighter and we saved $20 on our electric bill the first month!

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Already Getting Started For Winter
by: Irene D

We have already started insulating things for winter. We put an insulation blanket on the water heater and I've been doing some caulking on the windows during the day when I can see it clearly. I want to save as much as possible this winter.

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One of the best ways to save electricity - Insulation
by: Taylor

We're going to be getting our house insulated before winter sets in, and we've been told that it will reduce our heating costs by as much as 60 %.

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Old Appliances
by: jimmy

Old Appliances are energy vampires and are definitely off the list for ways to save electricity. I had a 15 year old fridge and a 12 year old washer and dryer. My wife went and bought brand new energy efficient appliances. I will be honest, I was upset at what they cost. She insisted that we were actually saving money by doing this. She was right! Believe it or not our monthly bills went down by around $120 a month. Fantastic because they are definitely going to pay themselves off.

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