Five easy ways to save money on your energy bill

save money on your energy bill

Five easy ways to save money on your energy bill

Save your money — and help save the environment at the same time. Whether you’re moving into a new home or looking to improve your current living situation, one easy way to reduce your bills and live more mindfully is to be a smarter consumer of energy. Here are five easy ways that you can start saving energy and reducing your utilities bills today.

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1. Replace your light bulbs.

Do this all at once, or one by one as they need replacement. Stop buying the old fashioned, energy-sucking bulbs and make the switch to CFLs (compact fluorescent) and LEDs (light-emitting diodes). These use up to 80 percent less energy, so they will not only reduce your bills, but they will also last much longer (up to 25 years!). So even though they might cost more up front, they’re bound to save you money and time in the big picture.

2. Unplug electronics when not in use.

This might sound like a lot of work, but the savings can add up — even if you just apply it to half of your electronics. Unplug that desk lamp, power-down your computer, don’t leave the blender and toaster plugged in when you’re not using them.

3. Recycle that second fridge in the garage.

Do you really need a second refrigerator? Consider getting rid of it entirely, or replacing it with a newer (or smaller) one. Older appliances consume much more energy than newer ones. Many areas offer cash if you trade in or recycle your old refrigerators.
For your main fridge, here’s a surprising tip: Cover your food. Experts say that uncovered foods produce more moisture evaporation, which takes more energy to cool. So simply slap some Saran Wrap over that bowl of leftovers and keep the moisture cool and in check.

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4. In the summer, reduce your cooling costs.

Plant trees for shade, and open your bedroom windows at night, instead of sleeping with the air conditioning on. Also, don’t forget to change your AC filter, and check the unit’s coils to make sure they’re clean. All of these little details add up to big savings.

5. Help manage your home’s temperature with curtains and blinds.

Find energy-saving curtains at most department stores. These are also called thermal, insulated or blackout curtains. Open them in the winter to help heat your home with the sun. Close them in the summer when you want to keep the heat out. At night, open them in the summer and close them at night.

Also invest in energy-saving blinds, like the Levolor Energy Shield or Sheer Efficiency products. Energy lost through windows can make up as much as 20 percent of your home’s heating and cooling expenses, Levolor says.

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