Monday, October 20, 2008

How to Save Money on your Electric Bill:

With prices of everything else being high these days, such as groceries and gas, you can ease the financial burden by saving money on your electric bill!

Even if an appliance is off, it's not really off. Each plugged in item is draining electricity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Start by unplugging:

*Cell Phone Chargers
*Your hand-held vacuum in its charging station
*Power drills
*Automatic coffee makers
*The VCR you haven't used in nearly a decade
*The TV that's collecting dust in the guest room
*The empty refrigerator in the garage or basement
*Living Room TV (before bedtime)

You can also save a ton of money by switching to CFL Light Bulbs (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs) as pictured above. These bulbs use 75% less energy than a standard bulb and lasts 10 times longer!! I switched to the CFL bulbs last year and have seen significant savings on my electricity bill.

Tip: Buy a 13 watt CFL bulb to replace your regular 60 watt bulbs, or a 15 watt CFL bulb to replace your regular 65 watt bulbs, or a 42 watt CFL bulb to replace your 150 watt regular bulb.

Power Strips:
Plug in all your tv related stuff into 1 power strip and then hit the "OFF" switch before going to bed. This alone will save you money that you'll be able to see in your next months bill.

Upgrade Your Thermostat:
If you don't already have one, pick up a Programmable Digital Thermostat! If you work a 9am-5pm job, then your heat doesn't need to be on full blast during the day. Set it to a cool 65 degrees during the day (or weekend that you're gone) and program it to 67 degrees an hour before you're due to be back home. Don't forget to turn it back down at night, too! Use heavy blankets and/or comforters at night time to keep warm.

Here's a testimonial from someone who put all of this to good use:
"We replaced all of our light bulbs with CFL's and put smart strips on all TV's and radio's and set our thermostat to 66 from 68 and our bill dropped from average of $170.00 to $90.00 in one month!" -Jeff Toborg (Source:

Take the time to upgrade your home today and start saving you & your family your hard-earned cash!! :)

(aka Bargain Hunter)