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Impact of Candle Warmers on Your Electric Bill?I have heard that using electric candlewarmers will really increase your electric bill since it is basically a hot plate. Has anyone noticed this?

 

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Turning Off Circuit Breakers While AwayI am leaving my condo for 9 months, what breakers do I shut down?

 

A motion sensor light outside.

Using Motion Sensor LightsMotion sensor light are great for a feeling of security in your driveway and backyard. They work well to save power by turning off when no one is around.

 

A LED and CLF lightbulb held side by side.

Comparing CFL And LED LightbulbsMost people have replaced their traditional incandescent lightbulbs with energy efficient alternatives, such as CFL (Compact Fluorescent) or LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs. Each type has different pros and cons to consider when choosing a bulb. This page is about comparing CFL and LED lightbulbs.

 

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Reducing Energy Usage in the SummerThis is a page about reducing energy usage in the summer. Cooling costs can add up in the summer, if you are not smart about ways you can save energy.

 

Earth Hour

Celebrating Earth HourThis page is about celebrating earth hour. When a whole country decides to turn off their power for an hour, energy is saved and people learn important lessons.

 

LED head light

Uses for LED LightsThis is a page about uses for LED lights. LED lights are very energy efficient and thus it is tempting to find lots of uses for them.

 

Saving Money on Lighting

Saving Money on LightingThis is a page about saving money on lighting. Lighting for your home is one area where you can save money relatively easily.

 

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Increasing the Lifespan of a Light Bulb?Can you save a light bulb from going out?

 

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Cut Electricity Bill and Keep the ACWe live in South Florida, where AC is generally not an option, but a necessity. We're on the electric company's budget billing plan, but have slashed $100+ a month off compared to last year's bill - even with hotter temperatures this year.

 

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Turn Off Unused Lights?Does it cost more to leave lights on or to turn them off and on? I was raised that when you leave a room, you turn off the lights. My husband says to leave lights on and turn them off when you're completely finished for the day.

 

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CFL Bulbs Won't Work in Older 5th Wheel CamperWe have a 1977 Golden Nugget 5th wheel camper. I want to put CFL bulbs in it, but when I do, they do not work. Regular light bulbs work fine. I have tried a few different brands and had the same results.

 

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Making Solar Panels at Home?Can't find former post about DIY solar panels. It was by a woman and could be done for about $150.

 

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Use Lids When CookingWhen cooking on the stove, put lids on your pans. The food will heat up much faster than if not using a lid. Thus, saving you money on your power bill.

 

Electrical Savings 102Think 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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Electricity Savings 101There 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.

 

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs - Fight Global Warming...According to the EPA, if every household in the U.S. replaced one light bulb with one of their ENERGY STAR rated compact fluorescent bulbs, it would be the pollution equivalent of pulling one million cars off the road.

 

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Saving Money on ElectricityThis 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.

 

Power Strip With Many Cords Plugged In

Pull the Plug on Electrical CostsOne 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.

 

A solar patio light on a shepherd's hook.

Solar Lights For Indoor LightingWhen I lived with two roommates, we had little extra spending money. We were always looking for ways to save a buck or two. Electricity was one area where we thought we had done enough, but we were wrong!

 

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The Cost Of Leaving Things Plugged In?Keeping our electric bill down is continually a challenge. We have had over 30 days over 100 this year. I keep a folder to store any tips I find in magazines. While cleaning the folder out last week, I came across a great article I would like to share about high tech's hidden cost. This is average annual energy cost for each item.

 

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Turning Off Circuit Breakers While Away?I am leaving my condo for 9 months, what breakers do I shut down?

 

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How Can I Reduce Freezer Energy Usage?Will using blankets in your freezer to take up space save energy?

 

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Energy Efficient Griddle Choice?Which would use less energy, a griddle on top of 220 volt stove or an electric griddle?

 

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