Finance -
Easy Steps To Decreasing Your Electric Bill
Debbie Allen
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By Debbie Allen
Published on 10/28/2008
Many of us are struggling to make ends meet. As the temperatures reach extremes we must deal with rising costs on our electric bill. The good news is that there are some easy ways to save on that bill. Some require purchasing energy efficient items and some are simple changes that can be made in the way you do things.

We keep hearing about going green and being eco-friendly. The terms may seem a little confusing when you plan to put them to work in your home but there are easy ways to do that and add to your savings. As you learn more and more you will find that those concepts will help you decrease the cost of your electric bill.

Anytime that you purchase new appliances consider that they should be energy efficient. Another tip is to unplug any unused appliances. This may seem a hassle at first but it will soon become second nature. Lowering the temperature on your water heater will also bring about some results. Try setting it at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally you will want to purchase a hot water heater blanket. These are inexpensive and can result in huge savings.

When you do laundry only wash full loads and do use cold water. With the new detergents you will find that your clothes come out just as clean and fresh in cold water as they do in warm or hot. If possible you can save even more by hanging your clothes to dry.

The same principle holds true with dishes. Only run the dishwasher when it is full and allow your dishes to air dry.

Change out all your light bulbs to the newer energy saving models. If you cannot afford to do it all at once then begin replacing the bulbs slowly, first in the most used areas of your home. By saving small amounts in lots of ways you will begin to see substantial savings.

Programmable thermostats allow you to control the temperature of your home at all times. Consider leaving your heat setting at a lower temperature when you are away or while you sleep. The same is true during the summer months; it really is not necessary to maintain a comfortable temperature when no one is at home.

Ceiling fans are useful year round. In the summer they circulate the air which makes you feel cooler and in the winter they can be used to push down all the warmth that collects at your ceiling.

Changing your faucets and shower heads out to low-flow energy efficient models can also add to your savings. This is an easy process that any homeowner can handle.

For lots more ideas about how to save you can do a Google search. It is also wise to gather information about products by doing an online search. Be prepared with that information before you visit a store. This will ensure that you have a clear understanding of what you should look for in the product and which ones offer exactly what you want.