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No sweat to save money this summer

There are many ways you can save money on your heating and cooling bills. There isn't any reason to go without the air conditioning this summer when there are so many other ways you can easily reduce your electric bill. Here are some tips on getting a lower utility bill without sacrificing cool air: 
Keep an eye on the lights Keep them clean, turn them off when not being used, and using compact fluorescent lights instead of incandescent ones. Fluorescent bulbs require 3/4ths less energy. Clean lights and fixtures can help too, as dirt absorbs some of the light. 
Unplug Is your house full of small appliances and other items that stay plugged in whether they are used or not? By unplugging the blender, toaster, etc. when not in use can save you more than you realize.
Does your computer stay on If so, turn it off at night and anytime you aren't actively using it. A simple, and single, computer can burn through over $100 in electricity when it is kept on 24/7. This is another one of those items that should be off unless used.
Watch the refrigerator Keep the door closed when you aren't getting something out of it, make sure that it has enough space for a good circulation, and keep it cool. Without having an inch on all sides of the fridge it may consume 10% more electricity. Ensure it is in a cool section of the room, away from the stove, as for every increase of 5 degrees on the outside of the fridge it will impact 20% more energy consumption.
Stop the leaks If you have a shower head or a faucet leaking, take care of it if you want to save on your electric bill. There can be over 400 gallons wasted on a single faucet leak. That leaky shower head could be replaced with one of the new low-flow heads that uses 2.5 gallons of water a minute. Replacing shower heads can save around 15,000 gallons of water use a year, making a real dent in the water bill and the electric bill.
Keep your thermostat in check Using fans to circulate the air can help regulate your room temperature. Raising the thermostat a degree in the summertime can save you 2% on the bill. 78 degrees F can be a great setting for the lowest bills without sacrificing comfort. Also, don't turn it on super cold and then raise it up, this moving of the dial wastes more electricity than keeping it on a single temperature the entire day.
Making your home more energy efficient is a great way to keep your bills in check.
About the Author: Tina Samuels writes on frugality, air conditioning tips, and small business concepts.


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