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Simple Steps to Shrink Your Energy Bill

January 5th, 2011

Electric Woman: An Alternate

There are plenty of simple ways to reduce your energy bill without a lot of effort.

Cutting back on your energy usage will not only save you money on monthly bills, but will help the environment as well.

Three simple things you can do today:

1. Turn off the lights when you leave the room

This just takes a second of your time and really adds up. Turn the lights out when you leave for work so they are not wasting energy and adding to your bill.

2. Unplug electronics when not in use

This includes chargers and coffeemakers, which can suck up a lot of energy.

3. Buy energy efficient light bulbs

They last longer and use less energy, saving you money just by using a different type of light bulb.

Other Ways To Save Energy

Solar panels are an investment initially, but save you a lot over the long term. Installing these is also a great way to help the environment by using solar power.

One can get federal tax credits for energy efficiency, and that means double the savings – on taxes and on bills. Buying EnergyStar appliances, other energy efficient products and efficiency upgrades to your home can earn you a federal tax credit of 30% of cost, up to $1,500.

What methods do you use to cut back on energy consumption and save money?

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