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3 Tips for Saving Energy – and Money!

Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at 7:00 am
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There are some simple things that you can do to use less energy.  Doing so will help you save money on your electricity bill!  Try some of these tips.How high was your electric bill last month? Were you shocked by the cost? One way to save money on electricity is to make some changes that help save energy. Use less energy, and the cost of your electric bill should go down. Get started with these tips!

How to Save on Energy

Change Your Light Bulbs
Energy efficient light bulbs can save you money because they use less energy than “regular” lightbulbs do. Energy Star products, including light bulbs, meet the energy efficiency guidelines set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

An Energy Star certified light bulb saves $6.00 a year in electricity costs and can save $40.00 to $135.00 over its lifetime. They use about 75% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb and last 10 to 25 times longer. It is possible to “do the math” and calculate about how much money you would save if all the light bulbs in your home were energy saving bulbs.

Use the Cold Setting
Most laundry detergents are designed to work in cold water. This means you can safely use the cold setting for most loads. Save the hot water, and the energy it requires, for your dirtiest loads of laundry. Did you know that most of the electricity used by your washing machine goes towards heating up the water?

If you have an older washing machine, and an electric water heater, you can save up to 50 cents per load by using the cold setting. That comes out to about $175.00 a year in savings! When you are ready for a new washing machine, consider an appliance that fits the Energy Star requirements.

Let Your Computer Sleep
Many of us have our computers (and computer monitors) running day and night. That wastes about $40.00 a year (or more) in electricity. You can save that $40.00 simply by changing the settings on your computer’s control panel. (Or. “System Preferences” if you use a Mac).

Set your monitor to turn off after fifteen minutes of inactivity. You can also change settings to tell your computer to “sleep” after a certain amount of time has passed with no activity. Set your computer to shut down after thirty minutes of inactivity. Turn off the screen saver. They can use up a lot of energy. Once you set your computer’s monitor to turn off after fifteen minutes of activity, you won’t actually need to use a screen saver to prevent “screen burn”.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.