Getting Cheaper Electricity and Gas

The ever-increasing cost of sources of energy has everyone looking for ways to get cheaper electricity and gas. While we don’t control the price at the pump or the bottom line of the monthly bill, there are things we can do to decrease our energy usage and lower our out-of-pocket expenses. Give some of these tips a try and decrease electricity and gas costs.

Thermostat Control

Raising and lowering the home thermostat as needed will help cut heating and cooling costs. During the winter, dress warmer while indoors and lower the thermostat to below 70 degrees. When the family is gathered in one room to play a game or watch TV, it’s a waste of energy to heat the entire house, so consider investing in a space heater and turn down the thermostat on your main heating source. Add an extra blanket to beds and turn the thermostat down even more at bedtime.

During the summer, turn on ceiling fans and open windows in opposite ends of the home to allow a cooling cross-breeze to blow through the house and save on air conditioning costs. Set the A/C thermostat to above 78 to decrease electricity costs and install window coverings to prevent direct sunlight from entering in through the windows and raising indoor temperature.

Kitchen Appliances

Use the microwave and toaster oven for small cooking tasks to prevent using electricity or gas to heat up a large oven or stove top.

A full refrigerator or freezer uses less energy to keep the food cold, so keep both appliances full at all times by placing bottles of water inside to take up space.

Only run the dishwasher when it is full and don’t wash dirty dishes before placing them in the dishwasher.

The home clothes dryer uses a tremendous amount of electricity or gas to dry clothes, so install a clothes line (outdoors or indoors) to hang freshly washed clothes on so they can air dry.

Turn off the kitchen exhaust fan as soon as possible to prevent the loss of hot or cold air from the home. A typical exhaust fan found in most kitchens and bathrooms can suck all the heated or cooled air out of the room in less than 30 minutes.

Vampire Power Loss

When an electrical appliance is plugged into an outlet, it is using power even when the appliance itself is not in use. It’s called ‘vampire power’ and it’s sucking money from your wallet. When the appliance is plugged into an outlet, a small amount of energy is being sent to the appliance to keep it ready for instant usage as soon as the ‘on’ switch is touched. Unplug hair dryers, radios, lamps, toasters and the like when not in use to help cut costs and get cheaper electricity and gas for your home.

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