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CUTTING BACK ON ENERGY COSTS

There are a number of easy yet efficient ways to cut back on your energy costs. One of the biggest energy wasters is the air conditioning system. If you live in the south then your home is probably equipped with one. However, you need to know how to use this system so that you are not left with extremely high power bills each month.

Air Conditioning Tips

The air conditioner works by cooling down the house. A larger space to cool down is going to cause more power and higher bills. This is why you need to keep all doors and windows shut when running the air conditioner. Try to close the doors to all the adjoining rooms so that the air conditioner only has to cool down a smaller area. Along with home ceiling fans, this will make it much easier to get the house cool without working extra hard and costing you more money in the end.

Make sure you always change and clean the filters on your air conditioner and, when you are not home, turn it off. Try to make a habit of opening the windows during the day rather than relying on the air conditioner straight away. And, at night, set a timer so that the room is cooled down but the system is not running all night long.

This is also true for heaters and furnaces. While a heater will emit hot air, not cold air, it still works on the same principle which means you need to shut all the doors and windows to make it the most efficient. You may find that a lot of the cold air is coming through the older windows. Investing in cheap window and door stoppers can put an end to the cool drafts and help keep your house more comfortable when you are renting and not able to invest in a complete window replacement.

One Light at a Time

Electric stoves also waste a lot of power. While you cannot stop cooking for your family you can start looking at ways to reduce the amount of time the stove is on. For example, when boiling water, make sure the water is already hot and put a lid on the pot to make it heat up faster. This will reduce the amount of energy coming out and will also cook your food much faster. Simmer on a low temperature and try not to have more than two burners going at once.

Even little things can make a difference when trying to cut down on energy costs. During the day, open the curtains and let the natural light in rather than turning on the lights in your house. Many people will naturally go from room to room switching on the lights when they wake up. Get in the habit of pulling the curtains instead.

If you are not in the room, turn the lights off and shut the door. You can also look into using LED light bulbs which also use much less energy than the traditional light bulbs. They also last a lot longer and while are more expensive, are actually cheaper in the long run.

Try to turn off all appliances and unplug them when you are not using them. This includes the phone, the television and especially the computer which wastes a lot of power by being in standby mode. If cutting back on energy costs is important to you, then it's time to do something about it. All of these simple tips can help you save hundreds of your electrical bills.

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