How to Save Money and Electricity at Home

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You can save money and energy at the same time by lowering your usage of electricity. You can reduce your electric bills by a third or more by following the basic tips below that will help you save money year after year.

Set Your Thermostat Higher in the Warm Months

For air conditioning, set your thermostat at 78°-80°. Your body will be able to adjust to this temperature level! Depending upon the climate where you live, you could really save money, up to hundreds of dollars a year, while saving lots of energy

Set Your Thermostat Lower in Heating Season

If you have electric heat it is probably very expensive. Set your thermostat at 65° to really save money on your heating bills. If 65 is too tough for you then try 68°. Most people keep their thermostat at 72° or higher when they could save significant money by just wearing sweaters in the house. You should have fewer problems with dry skin at lower thermostat settings, too.

Turn Down the Thermostat on Your Water Heater

By turning your water heater thermostat down from 140 or 150 degrees to 120°, you'll reduce the risk of scalding as well as save money and electricity.

Decrease Your Usage of Hot Water

Here are several ways you can save money, energy, and water as well:
• Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators to save up to $50 per year.
• Take shorter showers.
• Use your washer with full loads only and always use cold water for the rinse cycle.
• Use a dishwasher (with full loads) instead of washing by hand to save on water.
• Use the dishwasher's energy saving or speed cycle to save on water.

Get the Right Replacement Water Heater

If you need to replace your water heater not only should you buy a high efficiency replacement one, it should also be sized properly for your household. If you have only one or two people left at home you won't need an 80 gallon or even a 50 gallon water heater. You'll be able to get by with a 30 gallon size unit.

Reduce Electric Usage in Many Other Ways

Several more ways to save money and energy by reducing your electric usage are:
• Replace A/C filters regularly.
• Turn off lights and fans when leaving a room.
• Keep your dryer lint filter clean.
• Use a dryer's moisture sensor to keep from over drying your clothes.
• Cook with a microwave oven whenever possible (it's more efficient than normal ovens).
• Replace appliances when necessary with higher efficiency ones.
• Turn your water heater off when you go on vacation.
• Use your dishwasher with no heat drying.

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Joy Schantz 5 years ago from Surprise, Arizona

Good information, and easily readable.

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