Easy Tricks to Cut Your Energy Bill

Here are a few simple changes you can make that will slash your energy bill in half.

from Reader's Digest | March 2012
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    1. Heat food in your toaster oven — it uses up to 50 percent less energy than a full-size oven.

    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.

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

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

    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.

    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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    • http://www.infinityhi.com/insulation/ Waldemar Bureau

      They’re like tiny investments. For one day, these tricks seem miniscule when compared to your energy use. Still, the thing is that saving electricity is a long term thing. Doing these for just one day won’t do. You need to be constantly at it to get the amount you saved rolling into a good amount.

    • http://www.infinityhi.com/insulation/ Waldemar Bureau

      They’re like tiny investments. For one day, these tricks seem miniscule when compared to your energy use. Still, the thing is that saving electricity is a long term thing. Doing these for just one day won’t do. You need to be constantly at it to get the amount you saved rolling into a good amount.

    • Wyominghotsause

      I don’t think anybody thinks screen-savers save energy, do they? Their intended purpose is to keep the images from literally burning into the screen and causing damage where there are constant light or dark spots. A screen saver keeps images moving, thus preventing this from happening.

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