Saving Money on Electricity

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November 2, 20080 found this helpful

Cover your windows! I don't have the best windows and can't afford new ones and I can feel the cold coming off of them at night! By using drapes to trap the heat and stop the cold, you could save a considerable amount of money on your energy bill. This works in the summer, too. Also, check the fitting on your outer doors. Use a blanket or towel on the bottom if there is any gap. Nobody mentioned this yet so I thought I would throw in my 2 cents.

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November 2, 20080 found this helpful

Putting your outside lights on motion detectors also can save energy. And, turn off lights when leaving the room -- sounds obvious, but it helps.

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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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December 24, 20090 found this helpful

Addressing the sentence of turning off the hot water heater a night does not save on electricity cost. The statement is wrong; any amount of time the hot water heater is turned OFF by the breaker or other means helps reduce or lower the electric bill (laws of physics). If the bill still seems to go up, there are many other reasons or causes that contribute to the condition(s).

Energy audits are good, but may not uncover every source of electricity drain possible. For example, in a trailer park with outside pole lights, one or more pole light might be connected to a trailer and is not even lit at night, maybe the bulb is blown-out, but a night that pole light will still be feed electricity to the ballast which will turn that electricity into heat, without a working bulb.

Most energy audits are performed during the day time, so they may not even pick up on this situation. Insulating the hot and cold water pipes throughout the house is number one priority, and with the highest R-value pipe insulation available, e.g. R-4.9 rated for negative 70 degree F., that 70 degrees below 0 F. Check out for more info.

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