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{5 Easy Ways to Save on Your Power Bill}

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If you are anything like me, when you open your power bill you just kind of stare at it. Did I really use THAT much electricity? Yea, you did. {insert long audible sigh} Electric bills are usually the most significant portion of monthly household bills {only rent/mortgage trumps it}. Since I’ve been all about figuring out ways to save little cash here and there I put together 5 easy ways to save on your power bill.

  1. Electricity is Cheaper After Peak Hours: Did you know that in most states electric companies will charge a lower rate for electricity that is used outside of peak hours? Those hours range, but it’s predominantly from 10pm – 6am. First, you should call your power company to see if they do offer lower rates, and if so, start taking advantage! For instance, don’t run the dryer during the day. Wait until you head to bed to hit that start button. Or, if you are planning on running the dishwasher (and using the “heat dry” cycle), set the dishwasher to start in the wee hours of the morning, so you aren’t be charged as much for the cycle.
  2. Unplug Electrical Devices: I kn ow it sounds crazy, but those power cords are using energy even if they aren’t hooked up to one of your devices. Specifically, the laptop power cord, your cell phone charger. your tablet cord, etc. Those tiny little devices suck up so much energy. Save yourself a few bucks and unplug the cords after you’ve charged your device. It’s a few dollars, but it goes a long way (especially during peak hours!).
  3. Turn Down Your Thermostat: My husband is going to chuckle when he reads this. We have an epic battle of the thermostat in our house. Since my pregnancy I am burning up. So, I’m of the mindset, turn the heat down and wear more clothes. Or don’t touch the AC and shed some clothes. Now, I don’t do anything crazy, like make my husband walk around neked as a jay bird, but he shouldn’t be wearing sweat pants in the summer. FACT! Did you know that turning down your thermostat by 1 degree in the winter can save you about 3% on your monthly bill? Yea, you read that right, 3%! Imagine if you turned it down 3 degrees? Same goes for summer, turn it up, save some cash.
  4. Program Your Thermostat: I don’t want to hear that you don’t have a programmable thermostat. Go get one at Home Depot and then come back, they are like $20 {Here’s one on Amazon.com for $23}. Go. I’m waiting…okay good. Now, let’s have a chat. Does your house really need to be that warm / cold when you aren’t even there? How about at night when you are tucked in all snuggly under the covers? I’m going to with “No” as my final answer. So program that bad boy, turn it back 10 degrees for 8 hours, and save yourself 5%-15% on your electric bill yearly. YEARLY! That’s a whole lotta savings. If you have a programmable thermostat, and you aren’t using it, SHAME ON YOU! You can set it to get all nice and warm / chilly before you get back home, promise! What are you waiting for? Get to programming!
  5. Turn off the TV: I’m absolutely floored by the number of people who leave their television on when they leave the house. Why? Who’s watching it? These things are a power sucker. So just be diligent about powering them down before you leave the house. Neither the dogs, nor the ghosts, need to watch CNN or SportsCenter.

So there you have it. Five very easy ways to save yourself money on your power bill. Do you have any energy savings tips to add? Have you done any of these and reaped the benefits? I would love to hear your feedback / story!

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