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Easy Tips For Saving Money

Turn off your lights.

When you’re not in the room, turn off the lights. Your homes lighting makes up on average anywhere between 11 and 15 percent of your energy bill, so by shutting off lights when you’re not using them you can potentially save $30 a month or $360 a year. For outside lighting, consider motion sensing lights that only turn on when someone walks by and that shut off automatically after a few minutes.

Switch to CFL’s or LED’s.

CFL’s can save you up to 75 percent and LED’s can save you even more. Not only that, their life is greatly extended so you’ll buy bulbs less often. They’re safe, efficient, and their cost is dropping dramitically, so you’ll save even more.

Turn your computer off.

How many times have you left for school or work or went to sleep at night and left your computer on? The screen might be dark, but you’re still sucking power down that you could be saving. Standby mode (activated from your computers power management settings in the control panel) is a great automatic way to save energy without having to think about it. But keep in mind that even standby mode still uses some electricity. If you really want to go all out, shut it off completely and shut off your monitor too. If you want to save the most you can, unplug it to avoid any parasitic draw at all. There are several devices that we mentioned in this article which you can use to ‘unplug’ your devices without actually having to reach for the plug.

Get an Energy Monitor.

Energy monitors are small electronic devices that keep track of exactly how much power you are using and show it to you in real time. This can help you better understand which devices in your home are using the most and the least power. Studys have shown that being able to watch your power consumption in real time has motivated consumers to save 20 percent on their energy bills just by adjusting their habits. We’ll be reviewing your energy monitoring options soon so that we can suggest the best products for the money.

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