Frugal Hack: 10 Tips to Save on Electricity Bills

By Kennedi Rose / November 29, 2012

I?ve compiled a list of 10 tips to help you save money on electricity, air-conditioning and heating.

1. Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Keeping appliances plugged in uses a small amount of energy, often called “phantom” energy. If plugging-and-unplugging five or six appliances is too much work, plug all your appliances into a powerstrip, and simply unplug that one powerstrip.

2. Add insulation in your attic.

3. Caulk, spray-foam and weatherstrip the drafts and gaps around your windows, doors and pipes.

4. Use ceiling fans in the summer. In the winter, “reverse” the direction of the fan so that warm air gets pushed down. (Remember, hot air rises, so the heat in the room accumulates near the ceiling fan).

5. If you have historic single-paned windows, add storm windows over them.

6. Set the thermostat to 79 degrees in the summer and 67 degrees in the winter.

7. Close vents in rooms you don’t use. (Better yet, downsize to a smaller home so that you don’t have rooms that go unused).

8. Hang thick, heavy drapes over your windows, which keeps cold air out in the winter and cool air inside in the summer.

9. Install a programmable thermostat. Set temperatures to downright-uncomfortable levels when you’re out of town or at work.

10. Hang your laundry instead of using the dryer.

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