How do you save on electric bill?

Philippines
July 29, 2008 7:16pm CST
That is my number one problem... how to save on your electricity? Everytime I get the electric bill, I couldn't believe that I actually have consumed that amount. Should I lessen my usage of the computer? should i not use the washer and drier? any tips?
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@bizmom24 (163)
• United States
30 Jul 08
We too had this problem. i try to make sure all un used things are unplugged. like curling irons,I do turn the computer of sometimes,printer etc. all the fans we keep inside to keep the house cool, we try not to use the air conditioner if possible,but it does get turned on every now and then, un plug lights/lamps any T.V's not being watched. make sure all windows are closed good and tight, plug up any openings you might have etc.I go around most of the day to double check stuff and turn off what hasn't been turned off, you know how kids are.lol I don't use washer and dryer till night time. I use cold water to wash as much as possible.I heard this on T.V. they said it helps when trying to cut down on bills. so I'm trying it. Bizmom24
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Well of course the less you use something the less electric usage you are acquiring. Turn off lights that are not being used, if you can do without air conditioning do so, make sure you have a full load before you wash. You can come up with many more I am sure. I live in New Jersey, and our service has gone up by I believe 12%. I just got my bill, and it was $106.00 for one month usage. Way up from last year this time. Granted my air conditioner is on, my refrigerator runs constantly, lights do not come on until dusk, TV is on and a few clocks and the computers of course. That is all I have going on a regular basis.
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@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Unplug unessentials. Everything plugged into an outlet zaps energy. Make sure you turn off lights when you are not in the room and when you retire to bed. If you have a light fixture with several bulbs, see if you can go with one less in there. Turn the AC to 78 and in the winter the heat to 66 (well, that depends on how much you can stand it, but it brings in great savings). If you wash, most things can be washed on cold. Nothing has to be washed on hot, hot. Hanging up clothes instead of using the dryer can provide savings, too. How old is your water heater. Maybe it's time to replace it with a new energy efficient one. We just got ours replaced (the old one broke). We have a savings of at least $50 to $75 on each bill since this was done. There is a lot of things one can do, you just have to go from energy usage to energy usage in each room and figure out how you can save...
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@banadux (630)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Here are the things I've done recently to help out on the electric bill. 1. Switch all your 60watt bulbs to 15w fluorescent bulbs. (saves 75% of the power) 2. Turn off any lights in rooms you're not using. (varies I would say saves us about 15%) 3. Don't leave doors open longer than you have to if the AC is on. (hard to quantify I'd say 5% saved) 4. Don't leave the door open to the ice box or frig. (same as 3 about 5% saved) 5. Turn off your computer when you're not using it. (around 60% saved compared to leaving the computer on all the time)
• United States
30 Jul 08
I have digital clocks in two rooms that I have quit using to save. I unplug my phone charger now. I heard turning off the power strip that your TV and VCR are plugged into will help. I hang all my clother on hangers to dry and don't use the dryer. I did pick up some new tips on here with everyones comments. Thanks.
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