How to Reduce Your Electric Bill Without Spending a Dime

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The Little Things Do Add Up!

How would you like to get 1 to 2 months of electricity for free? If you could reduce your electric bill by just $50.00 a month, on average, it would save you $600.00 a year. For many of us, that’s one or even 2 months of electric bills. It’s true! The little things do add up. Your electric bill is probably one of your largest monthly expenses. Here are some ways to help you reduce your monthly electric bill without spending a dime.


Has Electricity Been De-Regulated in Your Area?

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Do You Have a Choice in Who You Use?

First of all check to see if there are any other electricity providers in your area. With the de-regulation of electricity in some states in the US, you may have a choice as to whom you use. Call them and compare rates. Tell them that you are considering changing companies, but you need some incentive to make that change.

Track Your Usage

Ask the electric company if they have a way that you can track your usage on line. Many companies now have their websites set up to show you how much electricity to are using per hour, per day. It can show you what hours of the day you are using the most electricity. It will also show you how much you are paying per kilowatt and how many kilowatts you are using each day. This has been very helpful at our house and it gives me the incentive to make that number go down each day. You will be surprised what you can do with a little incentive!

Ask if the Electric Company Does an Energy Audit

Some electric companies will come to your house and actually check to see where you may be wasting electricity, for free! They will check your windows and doors to see if you need to replace or repair them for better energy savings. Maybe all you need is a little new weather stripping or caulking. They will walk through your house and give you many ideas on where and how to save electricity throughout your home!

Minimize Your Usage During Peak Hours

Did you know that most electric companies charge more per kilowatt during certain hours of the day? During what they call the “peak” hours, you are paying more per kilowatt used than during the rest of the day. The “peak” hours may vary by electric company but will normally be somewhere between 11:00am until 8:00pm. Try to limit your electric usage to early morning and late evening hours. Start a load of laundry first thing of a morning instead of around noon. Your washer may not use much electricity, but the dryer does! Your oven also uses a lot of electricity. Do your baking later in the evening or early in the morning. Use your crock pot and toaster oven more often for cooking. That will save you time and energy! Turn on the dishwasher just before you go to bed. By tracking your usage you can how much difference you can make. Using less electricity during these peak hours has saved us, at the minimum, $25.00 a month.

Phantom Electricity Usage

Unplug items that are not in use. Phantom electricity is a bigger waste than you realize! Phantom electricity is the electricity that is being used when a device is plugged in but not actually being used. For instance, do you leave your cell phone charger plugged in all the time, but only re-charge your phone every day or two? Do you leave your curling iron or blow dryer plugged in after you use it? These things are all using phantom electricity. Look around the house and see what is plugged in that doesn’t have to be.

Ceiling Fans

Use ceiling fans in your main rooms and bedrooms. I can’t say enough about ceiling fans. Most homes have ceiling fans, but do you use them wisely? Ceiling fans re-circulate the air in the room; they also have a forward and a reverse setting. Use the forward setting in the warmer months to add a breeze to the room. In the cooler months, you may not want so much of a breeze, but you do want to circulate the warmer air, so you want to put the fan on the reverse setting. Keep you ceiling fan blades clean. They tend to collect dirt and dust and that will make it work harder use more electricity. Using your ceiling fans wisely will really help reduce your cooling and heating bill.

Reduce the Area to Cool/Heat

If possible, reduce the area that you are trying to keep cool in the summer or warm in the winter. If you have extra bedrooms or bathrooms that are not in use, shut the vents to those rooms and close the doors. Think about shutting off your utility room when not in use. You may be pleasantly surprised how much money this can save you!

Program Your Air Conditioner/Heater

Set your air conditioner to a little higher setting during the heat of the day. Normally setting it 2 to 4 degrees higher in the daytime than in the evening can keep your air conditioner from working too hard during the hottest times of the day. You can turn it back down in the evenings. Some people will turn their air conditioner off when they go to work. This may not be a good idea. Your air conditioner is going to have to run extra hard to cool the house down when you come home. You may set it up some, but not too much. Use the same idea for you heater in the winter.

Use Your Drapes or Blinds

Most of us have some type of curtains or at least blinds on our windows. Use them! I have a friend that was complaining about her electric bill one day when I was at her house. I asked her if she ever actually closed her curtains in the summer. She told me no, that it was too much trouble. I laughed and told her that she couldn’t complain about her electric bill then. If you have curtains or blinds, even mini-blinds, they will make a huge difference in the temperature of your rooms, but you have to use them! Keep them closed during the heat of the day in the summer and open them up to let the sun help warm your rooms during the winter months.

Clean the Air Filters

Clean or replace your air filters often. Some air filters can be rinsed out with the water hose, and some have to be replaced. Air filters for your cooling/heating system are fairly inexpensive. Some recommend changing your filters monthly. Dirty filters reduce the air flow and cause your system to work harder, thus using more electricity. Keeping them clean can save you quite a bit in a years time. Oops! I said you weren't going to spend a dime, air filters may cost you a few dollars, but I just couldn't leave this out!

There You Have It!

These tips cost you nothing, but can save you hundred of dollars each month. Summer temperatures seem to get hotter each year. Here in Oklahoma, we have reached temperatures of 114 degrees! I was determined to keep my electric bill down this year. I have seen savings on our electric bill anywhere from $25.00 to $75.00 a month by using these tips.

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Margie Lynn 7 weeks ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

Great tip Shelia, last month we had a $722 bill! So I do need tips!


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sgbrown 20 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you Rtalloni! You would probably be surprised by the number of people that don't realize how much money they can save by doing these simple things.


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RTalloni 20 months ago from the short journey

Such practical tips for everyone in an easy to read format. These are a great mix of possible new information and reminders for everyone no matter where they live!


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

Great ideas and thumbs up for this hub. I have been looking for ways to lower my electricity bill and is very glad to have read your hub.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello teaches! Phantom charges can definitely add to your bill. My chargers are what I used to leave plugged in all the time. They probably don't use much electricity, but every little bit helps. Two phone chargers, my notebook charger and my laptop charger, it's bound to add up. Now I unplug them after charging and have a designated place to put them near the outlet. I even have my hubby doing the same thing. Now that's amazing! :)

Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Susan! Shutting off some rooms really helps reduce the area your air conditioner has to cool and can really make a difference. Think of your ceiling fan as a summer breeze. You know how hot it can be outside with NO breeze, turning on your ceiling fan is that summer breeze. I'm so glad you stopped by. Thank you for the comment, votes and shares! Have a wonderful day! :)


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Those phantom charges will add to your bill. Thanks for the tip. I am heading over to unplug some items.


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Great ideas! Thanks for the information! We are empty nesters now, so we could shut up some rooms. Running ceiling fans is a good idea, too. Sometimes I forget about them. Thanks for sharing!!

Votes and shares! :-)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Chitrangada! With the economy failing in so many parts of the world, we do need to save money and resources. Thank you for your comment and votes. Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Vespa! Thank you. Ceiling fans can make such a difference. We have one in every room, except the bathrooms. Phantom electricity use may not sound like much, but if you have many different devices using just a little bit of electricity all the time, it can really add up. We finished adding on a room this winter, it is a nice, large living room. I put up bamboo shades. I am anxious to see the savings in our electic bill this summer! Thank you for stopping in and commenting. I hope you also have a wonderful week! :)


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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Great ideas to save electricity bills. If each one of us follows and saves this way, imagine how much energy will be saved for future generations.

Useful and interesting, thanks for sharing.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

These are very useful tips. We make good use of our ceiling fans, but I'm sure we're losing electricity through phantom usage. We'll have to watch for that, also make good use of our curtains. Thanks! I hope you have a great week.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello jainismus! That is a great tip, especially for those of us that are on the computer all day, the savings can really add up. Thank you for stopping by and leaving useful information in your kind comment. I also appreciate your vote up and share! Have a wonderful day! :)


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jainismus 3 years ago from Pune, India

Great tips, very useful to save electricity.

Here is one more tip: If you use CRT monitor for you desktop, you should change it to flat LCD monitor as the latter uses less electricity.

Voted up and shared with my followers.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Patricia! (If I may.) :) I am glad to see you back again! It gets easier to conserve energy as you get used to doing it. It took a long time for my hubby to remember to unplug his cell phone after it charged, or to turn off the radio when he left the shower. It's easier to conserve when it is only you. Hubby just checked out electrical usage for the last week and we used more than the week before, so I am looking around to see what I can do to bring that back down. Of course, since it is getting colder, I may be wasting my time. I am thinking about buying a small toaster type oven for some things instead of my large oven. Thanks for stopping in again, I always enjoy hearing from you! Have a wonderful day! :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Thanks for sharing this. I may have commented on it before but I am back. I am always always trying to save a dime and to help our planet. I do the whole unplugging thing, I do wash early in the day, and my oven ---I don't use it much.

and actually my bill is low....61 dollars a month...it's just me and I really do conserve...but you gave a few more ways for me to check into...ty ty

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Angela! Living in Las Vegas, you probably need all the help you can get with your cooling bill! I love Las Vegas, but it sure gets hot in the summer time! I'm glad you found my hub useful! Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Audrey! Thank you. Now that we are both "retired" I need to watch where our money goes and that electric bill has a big appetite! Glad you found it useful! Thanks for stopping in and commenting. It is always appreciated! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi barbergirl! I have to look around all the time as hubby leaves everything plugged in! I have tried to train him better. LOL I never unplug my computers, I never know when I might need to check HubPages! :) Please, don't even mention cleaning the ceiling fans, I really need to do that! How do they get so dirty so fast! Thanks for stopping in and I enjoyed your comment! Have a great day! :)


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Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Thanks for the information, I always looking for ideas to lower my power bill.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Very doable and practical ideas! Thank you!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

great tips... I try to do a lot of these things but sometimes I can't help. However, I think I might do a phantom energy audit. I am pretty sure everything we use is plugged in and if it isn't in use it isn't but I need to check. Our biggest fault for this - the computers...

Oh yeah - and you also reminded me I should clean off the fan blades... hate that chore!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello sweetie1! It really doesn't take much time to unplug some things around the house. It can really save more than we think. My hubby is getting irritated as I keep unplugging his cell phone charger when his phone is charged. LOL He is just going to have to get used to it! :) Thank you for stopping inand commenting. I enjoy hearing from you! :)


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sweetie1 4 years ago from India

Very Nicely written hub. In India we have always have switches with plugs so we can easily switch them off. Also use of window Conditioners in place of Central air conditioning units can reduce your bill a lot.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Anil! I agree that the cost of electricity is beginning to be a world wide problem. Any ideas to help reduce the cost is a good thing! I am glad you have found my hub useful. I am sorry for the delay in replying to your comment. I was having some computer issues. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Anil and Honey 4 years ago from Kerala

Good Ideas. In India electricity is a big problem, I think this is a world wide problem. Your Ideas are good for reducing the electricity bill.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Au fait! I was replying to our comment, and I don't know what I did, but it didn't "take". I wanted to thank you for your wonderful comment, votes and share! Yes, those Christmas lights are going to use quite a bit of electricity, but during Christmas, to me, it is worth the cost. I LOVE Christmas lights! Thanks again for stopping by! Have wonderful day! :)


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

Great ideas. The phantom electricity is something most people don't even know about. Great ideas and advice, and this is a good time for people to take stock of their usage and think about how they can save because burning all those Christmas lights can cost a small fortune.

Voted up and useful. Will share!


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molometer 4 years ago

Hi Sheila,

The guy was on a TV show looking into the electricity companies billing process. It was so funny to see that even a maths genius like that couldn't make sense of it.

Made me feel a whole lot better :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Michael. Wow, a physicist couldn't read your electric bill, now that is saying something. I can understand you wanting to get off the grid. If you want to get a good laugh...call the electric company themselves and see if they can explain it to you. I'll bet the have a difficult time themselves. Thank you for stopping in and all your support! It is always appreciated! :)


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molometer 4 years ago

Hi Sheila,

Some really useful ideas here to save on electricity bill.

We have had a deregulated market here in the UK for many years now. It is impossible to read the fuel bills and no one knows what they are paying for anymore.

A physicist attempted to read one electricity bill and could not make any sense of it.

The government have said that the power companies must make simpler bills. That was last year. Nothing has happened.

Like many people. I want to get off the grid.

All the votes and sharing.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello krbalram! Thank you for your kind comment and votes. I hope my tips are helpful. Have a great day! :)


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krbalram 4 years ago from Bangalore

hello sgbrown,ur tips of saving electricity is worth following.Very useful hub.voted up and useful


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Jackie! Young people just don't understand yet. That is a great suggestion! I know in the winter, I wear a little jacket in the house, just to keep the heat turned down. Thank you for stopping in and leaving such a wonderful comment and your suggestion! It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

These are great tips and I use many of them. My son and daughter and many other young people I know seem to not know you should put on warm clothes before you turn up the heat so I think that is a great one too!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Brenda! Thank you for your kind comment. I too have hung large beach towel over some windows this past summer, trying to keep out that hot sun. We are in the process of remodeling our living room and I have not yet bought the window shades. Thank God fall is here! Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

You have some great and common sense ideas here. I am very frugal and saving electricity has been an area where I have seen great savings. I even hung blankets and towels over the windows this summer when it was over 100 degrees. It wasn't pretty but the money saved was. Thank you for such great tips and helping us hang on to our hard earned money.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello John! Thank you for stopping in and commenting. I am all about savings money these days too! I hope your power company allows you to track your usage as it has been very helpful to us. Welcome to Hub Pages! :)


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John-Rose 4 years ago from USA

Wow, those were some golden tips. I'll be calling up my power company tomorrow to see about some of your ideas. I'm all about saving money down to the last penny.

John


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello tirelesstraveler! Everyone needs all the help we can get when it comes to saving money around the house, especially on the electric bill! It certainly is a different environment when the electricity goes out, isn't it! I am happy that you would like to link to this hub, thank you! I will be happy to link back when you publish it. Thank you for your kind comment and support! Have a wonderful day! :)


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Grand ideas. I am writing a hub on conserving electricity and will link to this one. Phantom usage of electricity is my pet peeve. We had a planned power outage last week and it was so quiet and dark without the lights on the micro wave, stove, answering machine, computer monitor, and all the other little computer thingy s that make my life so nice, but are always on. :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you so much cathysue! I appreciate your kind words and comment! Have a wonderful day! :)


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cathysue5924 4 years ago from USA

All great tips to save on the electricity bill. We already do most of these. I just read about the costs of phantom electricity. Very useful, up to date and well written article.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Bill! I am quite sure that you actually do all of these and probably more! I believe you are a very smart guy with a lot of common sense. Thank you for stoppin in and commenting. I always enjoy hearing from you! Have a wonderful Sunday! :)


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Not sure how I missed this one, but I'm finally here. Great tips and we do them all....no surprise there, eh? I guess the only surprise is that more people don't do these great suggestions.

Well done! Have a great week ahead!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Johnfernando! Do check as tracking our usage was so helpful to us. You can see when you use the most electricity and when the electric company charge the most. We found it VERY helpful. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated!


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Johnjfernando 4 years ago

This is really great. I have to check online right away about tracking my usage and see if it can help with me lowering the amount of money from there. Thanks!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello TToombs! Thank you for your kind comment. These days we all need to save money where we can. I found tracking my electricity usage very helpful in reducing my bill. Thanks for stopping in, voting and sharing! Have a wonderful day! :)


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Those are some great tips, sgbrown! Voted up and shared.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Sunshine! I know Florida is so hot and humid in the summer. The humidity is what makes it so bad. I always look forward to the cooler weather in fall, but I could completely skip winter. Maybe some of my tips will help you lower that a little. I hope so! Thank you for stopping in and commenting. Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi bravewarrior! I'm glad to see that you are already using many of these tips, you're on the right track! It would be a good idea to have the energy audit done, you never know what they may find that is costing you money every month. Thank you for stopping in and commenting. Have a wonderful day! :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

All are fantastic tips! I'm looking forward to Fall in Florida so we could turn off the A/C and save a $100 a month. I pay $350 - $400 a month from April-Oct. that's insane, but we gotta do it.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Great tips! I'm happy to say I employ most of them. I haven't however, had my electric company do an energy audit, which they do offer. Now that I work from home, it would behoove me to have it done!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

LOL Thank you so much! I don't have a memory gap anymore, it has become a memory gorge! Thank you! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello glorgeousmom! You are very welcome! I hope you do find some of my tips helpful. It is a shame how much you have to pay for electricity, and I complain! Thank you for stopping in, commenting and voting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Sharkye! Sounds like you are on the right track! We have OG&E for our electric company. They do have a website where you can track your usage. Try going to www.myogepower.com, if you are on OG&E. It has really help us and helps keep me motivated to continue to try to reduce our usage. Thank you for stopping in and voting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Alexadry! You may be surprised by how much electricity these types of items use when just plugged in. Little things can add up. I started unplugging my coffee pot and micro-wave. I only use them once a day...they both have digital clocks, but I have a large kitchen clock that uses batteries. There are so many little things if you just look around. Thank you for stopping in, commenting and voting. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Peggy! I'm glad to see you are already using many of these tips. You're right, it does pay to shop around when you can. Thank you for stopping in and all your support! I always enjoy hearing from you! Have a wonderful day! :)


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glorgeousmom 4 years ago from Philippines

memory gap is getting obvious xD for I want to mean "very valuable tips". . . :))


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glorgeousmom 4 years ago from Philippines

Thank you for the very tips you shared here. Our electricity is the most expensive among Asian countries. We're able to bring down our electric bill by using an electric saving device but I think we can bring it down a bit more by following some of your tips especially on phantom electric usage. Very useful. Voted up.


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Sharkye11 4 years ago from Oklahoma

Great ideas and tips! I try limit big appliance use until late, late at night. Only recently begun unplugging all the little stuff though. I didn't know about being able to track kilowatt usage on line. Will definitely have to look into that! Thanks! Voting up and more!


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA

Wow, I always keep my laptop, modem and convection oven plugged in when not in use. Guess, it is time to plug them out, thanks for the tips, vote up!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Very good tips! We do keep our blinds tilted so that the sun doesn't shine in when it is hot outside...and just the opposite when it is cool and we want the warmth. If leaving the house for a time, we turn the AC up a few degrees and then turn it down when we return. It just makes sense! We also get to choose our electricity provider and it pays to shop around as you pointed out. Up votes and sharing.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Kathy! If the demand for electricity would go down, maybe the cost would go down too! I think that is wishful thinking on my part too! Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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savingkathy 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

These are all great tips. Thanks for sharing! Imagine how much electricity we would save if everyone started doing all of these things? Maybe the demand for electricity would go down. Wishful thinking...


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Bill! Sometimes it just gets to the point that I hate to spend so much money on the electric bill every month! Now that we are "retired", we need to cut back where we can. I think we had just become a little complacent before. We have found the savings to be more than we expected. Thank you for stopping in and all your support. I always enjoy hearing from you! Have a great day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello David! If it were me, I could do the same with some window units, but hubby gets too hot! 31 years working in a tire manufacturing plant, he doesn't like the heat. I can't blame him. Thank you for stopping in and voting up, your support is always appreciated! Have a great day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Becky! We stared using the energy saving light bulbs also, they really are great! They do cost a little more, but worth it. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, you know I always appreciate your support! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Carol! I think most of us probably use some of these ideas. Afterall, I don't know anyone that actually enjoys opening their electric bill! :) Being able to track our usage, really inspired us to do more. Thank you for stopping in and commenting! Have a great day! :)


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Excellent advice. If we all followed some of these simple tips we'd all save a bunch of money. Great hub, thanks for sharing with us. VU and sharing..


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello L.L. Woodard! I tried replying to your comment, but when I approved it, I never got the "reply" button. I just want to thank you for stopping in and commenting. It is always appreciated! :)


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L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

I make use of several of the suggestions in your hub (couldn't live without my ceiling fans!) but have not yet changed to a programmable thermostat. It's time to make the change.

Great hub; voted up and Shared.


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davidlivermore 4 years ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

I don't have a standard AC/heater unit for my home. Instead I use cheaper, alternative ways to keep warm or cold. I found it saves me a ton of money. The most my electric bill has been since moving into this house has been $100 in a month. It gets over 100 degrees here, but I keep comfortable with individual units to cool the room I plan on spending a lot of time in. Sometimes it's uncomfortable, but not always. Hub voted up.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I switched to CFL's in one month and the difference was dramatic. Our electric bill went down $45 in one month. They cost more but since they will last from five to six years, the savings are obvious. I used to buy a package of reg. light bulbs monthly but since I started using these, I only buy one package a year. 60 watts of light at 13 watts electric usage really makes a big difference.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Good ideas here for sure. I usually try to do the laundry early and we use ceiling fans ...and try to cut back on other electrical appliances. Good article and just think if everyone did something how much less electricity would be used.

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