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Tips for Lowering Your Electric Bill

  1. Get an Energy Audit - Many utility companies offer a free home energy audit to customers, and it's well worth taking advantage of. If there's no such program in your area, go to www.energystar.gov and search “Yardstick”
  2.  Install dimmer switches on you lights, so you only use as much light as you need.
  3. Install Ceiling Fans to keep the air circulating in your home, so your air conditioner doesn't have to work as hard. Installing an Attic Fan will pull cool air into your home, and help to remove the hot air.

  4. Eliminate Phantom Loads - A shocking 75 percent of the energy used by home electronics is consumed when they're turned off. These "phantom" users include televisions, DVD players, stereos, computers and many kitchen appliances basically anything that holds a time or other settings. To eliminate this problem, plug all of these items into Smart Strip surge protectors, which automatically turn off power to plugs that are not in use.

  5. Cut down on your air conditioning use by closing curtains and blinds on the sunny side of your home. For even more savings, consider installing tinted window film.

  6.  Increase the efficiency of your HVAC system by having it inspected and cleaned once a year. Added bonus: cleaner air in your home.

  7. Keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency by changing the filter every 30 days. Set a reminder on your phone, so you don't forget.

  8. Switch to LED light bulbs use 90 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. Switch out the most widely used bulbs in your home. 

  9.  Plant trees to shade your home, and your air conditioning won't have to work as hard.

  10. Lower the Temperature on Your Hot Water Heater - 13 percent of your home's electricity goes to heating water. You can lower this percentage, by setting your hot water heater to 130-140 degrees. For even more savings, install an insulation jacket and insulate the first six feet of piping that comes off of your heater.

  11.   Upgrade to Energy Star Appliances. If your appliances are 10 years old or older, consider replacing them with new, Energy Star models, which use considerably less energy.

  12. Wash laundry in cold water. 90 percent of the energy consumed by your washing machine goes to heating water. 

  13.  Wash full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher.

  14. Get a Programmable Thermostat and set it to run less when you're at work and when you're sleeping.

  15.  Use extra Blankets on your bed in the winter months is often all it takes to push back the thermostat another couple degrees.

  16. Remove the lint from your dryer trap after each load to maximize your dryer’s efficiency.

  17. Install a Tankless Hot Water Heater, they can cut your hot water energy cost by half.

  18. Storm doors are a great way to prevent energy loss. Install one on all of your exterior doors.

  19. Clean your refrigerator's coils, dirty condenser coils cause your fridge to work harder to cool your foods. Perform maintenance on your refrigerator once every three months to optimize its efficiency.

  20. Install a Water Heater Timer - hot water heaters heat water throughout the day — whether you need it or not. Install a water heater timer, and set yours to run just when you need it.

  21. Switch to solar lights outdoors, they'll absorb the sun's energy during the day, and run for free at night.

  22. Sediment buildup in your hot water heater can reduce the efficiency of the heating elements. Use the valve on the side of your hot water heater to drain the sediment twice yearly.

  23. Ensure Your Home Is Properly Insulated Go to www.energy.gov/energysaver/weatherize/insulation to determine if you have enough insulation based on the region that you live in.

  24. Check around your windows and doors for any air gaps. Then install weather stripping to fill them in.


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