Information on saving money on your electricity bill. Save money with expert advice and real world strategies that keep your money where it belongs, in your pocket.

  • Turn off lights in any room not being used.
  • Shut off dishwasher for dry cycle. Let your dishes “air dry”.
  • Use a window fan instead of air conditioner whenever possible.
  • Turn off your TV, radio, record player when not in use.
  • Use large bulb instead of several small ones where bright light is needed.
  • Use lamp shades with white liner. This reflects more light.
  • Replace incandescent with fluorescent bulbs wherever possible.
  • Teach all family members to turn off lights when leaving a room.
  • Don’t use dishwasher or laundry equipment until you have a full load.
  • Use outdoor lights only where they are needed.
  • Make sure your refrigerator and freezer door seals are airtight.
  • Save electricity by using old-fashioned clothesline for clothes drying.
  • Keep air conditioning condenser shaded from sun or on north side of house.
  • Turn off air conditioning when no one is home.

No Electricity for Weeks – What Would You Do?

  • Vacuum or dust off coils of refrigerator and freezer regularly.
  • “Instant-on” TV sets use energy even when set is not turned on.
  • A full freezer uses less energy. Use bags of ice cubes to keep filled.
  • Never overload clothes dryer and always clean lint filter after use.
  • Freezers and refrigerators that defrost automatically use more energy.
  • Let hot foods cool before placing them in the refrigerator.
  • Remove clothes that require ironing from the dryer while they are damp.
  • When replacing switches, consider installing solid state dimmer switches.
  • Use low wattage night-light bulbs that now come in 4 and 7-watt sizes.
  • Place your refrigerator in the coolest part of the kitchen.
  • Don’t “over dry” clothing. It wastes energy and may damage synthetics.
  • When going away for extended periods, set refrigerator at lowest setting.
  • Turn off electric water heater when going away for vacations or weekends.
  • Turn 3-way lamps down to lowest level for TV watching.
  • Choose light, reflective colors for room ceilings and walls.
  • Never connect any large appliance to an extension cord.

Power Outage – Happy Home Tips

  • Decide exactly what you want before you open the refrigerator door.
  • Defrost refrigerator regularly – when about 1/4 inch of ice has formed.
  • “Long-life” light bulbs use more energy than standard life bulbs.
  • Turn off your iron when not using it.
  • Put light switches where they are easy to turn on and off.
  • Keep appliances clean and in good working order. They’ll use less energy.
  • When using air conditioning, set thermostat at 78 degrees or higher.
  • Keep bulbs and lighting fixtures clean. Dust lowers light levels.
  • Eliminate unnecessary outdoor decorative lighting.
  • Plant shrubs and trees so that they will shade house during summer months.
  • Use higher wattage bulbs only for reading and close work.
  • Insulating your attic will save on operating air conditioning (also heating).
  • If you have a second refrigerator, ask yourself if you really need it.
  • Keep the outside exhaust of your clothes dryer clean.
  • Buy appliances on the basis of cost plus operating costs, not price alone.
  • Buy clothing made of fabrics that require little or no ironing.
  • Use hand tools in your workshop instead of power tools.
  • When using air conditioning, keep windows closed & close off unused rooms.
  • Use reflector floodlights in directional lamps instead of standard bulbs.
  • Buy only “no iron” sheets and pillow cases to save on ironing energy.
  • Use adapters to convert table lamps into low-energy fluorescent lamps.
  • Microwave ovens reduce cooking time by 15% to 20% and save energy.
  • When shopping for new appliances, ask about energy-efficient models.
  • Don’t use several light bulbs where one will do the job.
  • Limit the use of appliances that use over 1,000 watts.
  • Check all energy bills closely. Errors can be costly.

Photo.  Dillan Teagle



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