6 Easy Tricks to Cut Your Energy Bill
Conserving energy goes way farther than shutting off your devices when you’re done with them and using things on the lowest setting possible.
Use the toaster oven
Heat food in your toaster oven — it uses up to 50 percent less energy than a full-size oven. Here are 11 genius ways to save on every household bill.
Use lighter colors
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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.
Put a lid on it
Store refrigerated food and beverages in closed containers; if left uncovered, they release moisture and overburden the appliance’s compressor.
Conserve your computer’s energy
Choose an Energy Star–compliant computer, which uses 70 percent less electricity than a nondesignated model. Try these 13 clever ways to slash your home energy bills.
Place hot objects strategically
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.
Turn off that screensaver
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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. These 4 energy conservation myths are costing you money.