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Reduce Your Electricity Usage at Home with these 4 Tips

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You could probably use a little extra money these days. Who couldn't? But if you're not planning to get another job, then you'll have to cut your expenses. The good news is, before you make drastic cuts like swearing off restaurants or selling your car, there are plenty of small cost-saving ideas out there that can have a big impact. Let's start with your electricity usage. Most people write off their energy bill as a cost of life but these simple tips will help you save energy and save money, most without affecting your lifestyle.

  1. Light bulbs make the switch. Replacing the light bulbs in your home is an excellent way to reduce your electricity usage without even realizing it. Swap out standard incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescents that use 75 percent less energy. And don't forget to turn the lights off if you're not in the room.
  2. Replace old appliances. OK, replacing your old refrigerator is a little more costly than switching out a light bulb, but if you need a new fridge, you'll enjoy the same benefits. When it's time to replace that old appliance, be sure to choose an ENERGY STAR® model as a replacement. These energy saving appliances will have a positive effect on your electric bill each month.
  3. Banish the vampires. You don't need garlic to get rid of the vampires in your home, just a little determination. The term vampire is often applied to electronics responsible for electricity usage even while turned off. If you're looking to save money, this wasteful usage can have a big effect. Did you know you waste $100 or more a year because of vampire electronics? Common vampires include your computer, printer, DVD player, phone charger and any electronics attached to a power strip. Fortunately, the solution to stopping a vampire is simple. Unplug these electronics at night or when you are away from home.
  4. Make a change to the thermostat. As easy as reciting your phone number, you probably know exactly what temperature you prefer in your home and adjust the thermostat accordingly. If you're looking to save on your energy expenses, throw a little change into that normal by lowering the thermostat in the winter and raising it in the summer. You'll get used to the new temperatures and you'll be saving energy.