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Eight Ways to Reduce Energy Bills – 5 to 15 Percent

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 30, 2012 12:29 PM
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by Glenn Meyers last modified Jan 29, 2012

Try these eight easy-to-take steps listed below. If you’re not practicing them, chances are you’re giving your utility more money than you should, especially when it’s wintertime and cold.




 

 

Energy efficiency is a best practice in this era of energy conservation. But exactly how effective are your energy efficiency practices?

Try these eight easy-to-take steps listed below. If you’re not practicing them, chances are you’re giving your utility more money than you should, especially when it’s wintertime and cold.

Put into practice on a regular basis, these steps will lower your monthly utility company bill from 5 – 15 percent. Try it out and let us know in two months when that billing invoice is sent your way.

Eight Smart Steps for Becoming More Energy Efficient

  1.  Unplug all charging devices when they are not being used – this includes cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc.
  2. Don’t leave computers running all night. They don’t need to be kept running.
  3. Turn off all light switches in rooms you’re not using. This is a pure profit center to most utility companies.
  4. When bedtime comes, turn the thermostat setting down to 57 degrees. The bed warms up when you get under the covers; if not, toss on an extra blanket.
  5. Leave daytime temperature settings at 67 degrees. That’s a far more efficient temperature than the 72 degrees that was once standard. And think about it: because of potential overheated equipment, an air traffic controller works in a controlled temperature of 62 degrees.
  6. This one you should already have in place: replace all incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs or LEDs.
  7. Turn down water heater temperature to a 120-degree setting.
  8. Turn off icemakers unless they’re an essential part of your lifestyle.

There are plenty of other methods that will lead people to a more energy efficient pathway, but give these a test run and let us know if you’ve saved a few dollars without turning your life topsy-turvy.

Photo:  Lynn Friedman



 

 

 
 
 

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