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How to save money on your electric bill: 10 ways to save money on your electric bill

Of all the utility bills that you have to pay per month, the one that is the easiest save money on is probably the electric bill. This is because, unlike say the heating bill, reducing it does not require an expensive installation job on your house. Follow these simple steps and you should be well on your way to lowering your electric bill in no time:

First, consider switching to CFL will. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs use the age-old technology of fluorescent light, which are much more efficient than incandescent bulbs because they don't produce much if any heat. Do note however, that most CFL bulbs contain small amounts of mercury which is sealed inside the bulb, meaning that if it breaks, trace amounts of mercury may accumulate in your home. Despite this, compact fluorescent light bulbs will likely reduce your electric bill significantly.

Another good way to cut down on electricity use is to limit air conditioner use. Particularly on days that are not that warm, turn the air conditioner off, or set it to an economy mode. It is also worth getting an air conditioner, which includes a thermostat, so that the air-conditioners not always running on high about, but efficiently operate so as to minimize electricity use. Look for the Energy Star logo when you buy an air conditioner.

Two more things to avoid: leaving lights and air conditioners on in rooms that are not being used. This uses a lot of electricity, and serves no real purpose. The same goes for desktop computers, which can can seem a fair amount of electricity. It's best to set these to sleep mode when you're not using them.

by Margaret Walker on Wed, 06/30/2010 - 00:08

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