Easy ways to save on your electricity

You heard it here first; saving energy is a win-win situation.

Okay, so you may not have heard it here first, but we whole-heartedly agree that using electricity more efficiently and responsibly benefits everyone — especially this Earth of ours. But you’ll likely get a nice kick-back when you open that bill each month too. Follow our top tips for reducing your energy expenditure and you’ll soon have the satisfaction of saving a few bucks and doing a solid for the environment:

Replace your light bulbs with compact florescent light bulbs: Those old bulbs you picked up at the grocery store may be cheap, but they’re sucking up energy like a vacuum sucks dirt. Not only do these bulbs last about ten times longer, but you’ll save more than $100 over the course of a year by replacing just your four most-used 100-watt bulbs with 23-watt CFLs.

Clean your filters: Winding down from a hot summer and feeling the strain on your pocketbook from all that air conditioning? Did you know that having your air conditioning filters cleaned regularly (once a month) can save you a few bucks when cooling or heating your home? Dirty filters block airflow and make you pay for more cool air than you’re actually using. That’s what we call inefficient.

Put on a jacket: Install a cheap insulating jacket onto your water heater (they run about $10 – $15) and lower the water heater temp. A 120-degree setting will still give you a nice hot shower without costing you an arm and a leg. Go one further and insulate your pipes as well to create even greater efficiency.

Plant trees: Did you know that bordering your property in trees and other shrubbery can actually save you money on your electric bill? Trees block chilly wind as well as provide natural shade — this can help you save money on both your heating and cooling bills. Not to mention you’ll please Mother Earth.

Got any other great tips? Let us know!

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