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You turn off your lights when you're not home and set your thermostat to 72 in the summer and 68 in the winter, but still the sight of the utility bill in the mailbox makes you cringe. Is there more you can do?
Follow these surprisingly easy money saving tips to cut that utility bill down to size:
Keep the refrigerator full! Did you know that it costs more to keep the fridge or freezer cool when its empty? The food actually acts as insulation, meaning your refrigerator doesn't have to work as hard to maintain its temperature when its full.
Use that programmable thermostat! Program your thermostat to turn off when you're not home or sleeping. This will save you around 3% over a 24-hour period for every degree you lower the thermostat in the winter. If you don't have a programmable thermostat, you can still see savings if you adjust your thermostat manually every time you leave the house.
Unplug those electronics! Your television, computer, microwave, VCR and other electronics are consuming electricity and adding to your utility bill even when they're turned off. Either unplug these items when not in use or invest in Smart Strip power strips, which cut power to electronics that aren't in use.