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20 Tips for Saving Money on Your Electric Bill

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Finding ways to save money on your electric bill can really help the family budget. This is a guide about saving money on your electric bill.
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March 2, 2011

The recent essays on saving money on fuel bills in small ways got me thinking. I was getting annoyed with myself because I was wasting so much power boiling and reboiling my electric kettle. I kept forgetting to only heat as much water as I needed and left the coffee maker heating ring on all day. Realizing that there must be an answer to all this waste, I made these changes to my daily routines to save some electricity and some of my precious cash!

I found a 5 pint pump action vacuum flask on sale for $2, a fantastic bargain, but they can be picked up for around $10. I boil the electric kettle twice in the morning, fill the flask and have hot water for tea on tap all day. If there is anything left come the evening, I use it for cooking or dish washing.

The answer to the coffee problem was far more simple, I make the coffee, turn off the machine, then microwave it a cup at a time as I need it. It tastes better and saves me money too. Such tiny changes in our ways of doing things may seem insignificant on a daily basis, but they can add up to make a difference at the end of the month when we open the bills.

By Ayesha from Kranj

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March 12, 20110 found this helpful

I just put my coffee in a thermos. I saw workers at a coffee shop do this and the coffee stays fresh.

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November 10, 2009

A good way to save on electric bills, especially when you have someone in the home who forgets to turn out the lights, is to install motion detector switches. These are great. They turn themselves on when you enter the room and off when you exit.

By Carla from Huntington, WV

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May 18, 2009

Cutting back on your electrical usage can be easy IF you know where to look. This exercise must be done after dark, with the lights off, if possible.

Walk around each room and look for red or green lights on appliances and electrical devices. Your television, cable box and the DVD player, coffee maker and electric toothbrush charger, etc. probably all have the indicators, which mean your appliances are pulling electricity EVEN when not in use, adding dollars to your electric bill.

These phantom energy drains can be a large part of your annual energy bill. Evaluate how important each device is and consider unplugging. OR if that is too drastic, plug like devices into a power strip and turn the strip on when you are ready to use the television/DVD, for example. You may be pleasantly surprised when you receive your next bill. A little inconvenience can add up to BIG savings.

Source: LG and E PowerSource Customer letter, April 2009 edition

By skibum1910 from Prospect, KY

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August 9, 20090 found this helpful

This sounds good if you are not using it for longer than just overnight. Plugging things in and out is not good on the cord. If you don't use it but every few days, or once a week, that would be a super idea. When we go on vacation and plan on staying several days to a week we cut everything off (not the refrigerator).

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February 7, 2009

In Florida, electric bills run high, particularly in the summer. I save on my electric bill in two ways:

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October 8, 2012

Almost every recipe I have for baked goods begins with "Preheat Oven." While this may be a time saver, it is not a money saver. Especially if the ten minutes it should take to prepare the recipe turns into thirty minutes.

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February 20, 2012

An electric plug in an outlet.

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This week I thought I would share some ideas on how our family has saved money on our electric/gas bill. We have found that this particular bill has been one of our easiest to control. There are a several different things you can do to keep this bill under control.

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August 26, 2011

First, swap out any incandescent lights with compact fluorescent, even your exterior lights. I discovered the latter when my outside light, an incandescent, kept burning out every few weeks.

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June 11, 2010

We live in a two story home and the kids always manage to leave the upstairs bathroom or hallway lights on. I don't notice it until after they have left for school.

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August 26, 2011

Wash clothes in cold water, and skip the dryer. A regular load of wash and wear can be hung on the shower curtain rod. Start slow, one load per week = 52 loads a year. Family members may catch on. Good luck.

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March 7, 2011

If you live in an all electric house it can get very expensive, even with new energy efficient appliances. So think a timer for your water heater. It will save you as much or more than a expensive solar panel on the roof.

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January 13, 2014

If you live alone and have a freezer, you can use it to freeze cold cells for a coolbox, so that you don't need to use electricity running a fridge as well. My daily routine includes changing my cold cells when I get up, and when I go to bed.

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February 15, 2011

An electric plug in an outlet.

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Every month I open the electric bill and accept it with quiet discontent. However, this month the bill was too high to ignore. I stepped away from my desk and took a 360 degree look around my home. What did I see? A giant electric sucking vortex of wasted energy.

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November 5, 2009

Purchase timer light switches and install in the bathrooms, kids rooms or any room were lights may be forgotten on. The timers automatically shut the lights off after 15 to 60 minutes.

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September 13, 2007

I just wanted to share my energy savings tips! Our electric bill kwh hour jumped almost double so I had to come up with something to help. It all sort of played out slowly.

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Judy - Louisville, KY1 found this helpful
March 14, 2001

If you have an electric water heater, turn your hot water heater off when you go out of town, or even when you leave for the day. It will cut your electric bill!

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January 19, 20170 found this helpful

Lightbulbs

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Utility bills can be very expensive, but there are some easy cost effective ways to reduce them. This is a guide about slash your electric bill in half.

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August 26, 2011

To save on electricity during peak costs, use a battery operated radio. I also use a battery operated lamp in my bedroom. The batteries last a long time, saving money.

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May 18, 20110 found this helpful

Retrieving Jewelry Dropped in a Sink Drain, Water dripping in bathroom sink

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After unplugging every gadget that wasn't being used, turning off every light that didn't need to burn, and replacing every appliance with an energy saving model, there still had to be an unseen way to save electricity. Saving water can save electricity as well.

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January 8, 20100 found this helpful

Power Strip With Many Cords Plugged In

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One can never save enough electric. Yet, the growing concern over the cost of utilities coincides with the growing concern for the health of our planet. This enables a household to cut utility costs while "going green" in ways that are easier than ever before.

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September 2, 2009

Our local library offers, to members, free usage of Kill A Watt monitor for three days. There is a waiting list but it is well worth the wait. Check your local library to see if they offer it. It was donated by the local power company.

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April 22, 2009

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I am such a creature of habit that I often do not think of the things I do that use expensive energy and climate changing fuels.

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August 14, 2008

We are on a "Time-of-Use" plan for the electricity we use in our home. Our provider is Wisconsin Public Service. From 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. and 24 hours/day on Saturdays,Sundays, and holidays, we are charged $.0549/KWH.

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July 28, 2008

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Think you've mastered electrical savings? Take another look around your home and find even more places to pull the plug and keep the meter from spinning.

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July 24, 2008

Electrical Plug

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There are more than a few ways to keep the electric meter from spinning at an alarming rate. Some require a little electrical inventory, such as turning off unused appliances or switching to Energy Star appliances. However, others take a bit more creativity and planning.

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April 30, 2007

Unplug appliances that are "instant on" appliances, such as TV, phone charger, etc. when not in use. These are "vampire" appliances that have electric current going through them.

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September 25, 2006

I was absolutely shocked at my electric bill this month, so I sat down and made a list of things I will do to see if I can get it down, this list is now posted on the refrigerator, so I can see it every day. . .

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November 2, 20081 found this helpful

Tip for saving money on electricity. Post your ideas.

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July 26, 20090 found this helpful

We save money on electricity by turning our thermostat on 78-80 degrees in Summer. We use propane fireplaces to keep the house warm in winter. Summer time, we keep the curtains and mini-blinds shut. Winter time, we open the blinds. We do have double pane, insulated windows. Also I use a draft dodger in front of outside doors.

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March 1, 20140 found this helpful

Does a laundry dryer that is turned off use a lot of energy with a 220 plug?

By Tonya from CO

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A dryer that's not running doesn't use any energy. The things that use energy are things with a continual light like electric clocks, anything with a timer. etc.

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