Easy Tricks to Cut Your Energy Bill

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1. Heat food in your toaster oven — it uses up to 50 percent less energy than a full-size oven.

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2. Opt for white window shades during warmer weather and keep them closed during the day to reflect the sun's heat away from your house.

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3. Store refrigerated food and beverages in closed containers; if left uncovered, they release moisture and overburden the appliance's compressor.

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4. Choose an Energy Star–compliant computer, which uses 70 percent less electricity than a nondesignated model.

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5. Place lamps and TVs far away from thermostats so the heat given off doesn't cause air-conditioning systems to run longer than they need to.

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6. Don’t believe the screen-saver myth. Computer screen savers don't cut energy use! Enable the auto sleep mode or turn off the monitor for eco-friendly operation.

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