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how to save on electric bill?

i live in an appartement with 2 bedrooms and my electric bill is really high how can i save on electric bill?how can i save money

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:11 PM on Oct. 13, 2009 in Money & Work

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  • weatherproof all your windows and doorways. get a programmable thermostat that can be set to a lower temp at night and heat up just before you get up...unplug anything that you aren't using...even when it's off, it will still draw current.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 2:14 PM on Oct. 13, 2009

  • Most power companies will send someone out at no cost to do an analysis of your usage, call them.

    We replaced our light bulbs with CFLs and stopped using the upstairs AC (actually, we haven't fixed the unit) and that's made a huge difference in our home.

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:17 PM on Oct. 13, 2009

  • Are you sure the bill is correct? Is there any possibility of "spill-over" from the other apartments usage? (Do you have your own meter?)

    I would go to Lowe's or Home Depot and get some of that clear window film you apply to the outside of the casing with the tape that's included. You use a hair dryer to make it taunt. It creates a cushion of air trapped that acts as an insulating barrier between your cold window and the inside of your home. You won't be able to open your windows without destroying the seal, but in the spring, it's easily removed.

    Answer by 07upsydaisy at 2:23 PM on Oct. 13, 2009

  • Not as much in an apartment as you could in your own home. You can get a timer for your hot water heater so it will cut off at night and not turn on until shortly before you wake up, IF you have your own hot water heater for your unit. Also, the programmable thermostat is a good idea (we have one) but when you move, you would probably want to take it with you, so don't throw the old one away. If you work during the day, you can also have it set lower for when you're gone - no need to heat an empty house.

    Answer by missanc at 2:25 PM on Oct. 13, 2009

  • We put our computer and coordinating equipment, cell phone charges and tv equipment on power strips, make sure at night you turn the strips off....unplug the microwave as well, these all use power even when not on.

    Look into various less expensive electric suppliers. There are quite a few companies such as Ambit or Energy Plus (dozens of them out there) that supply the energy at cheaper rates, but your current company still delivers it, so it's the same bill, only pay one bill, but pay less.

    Our electric bill was $75-$80 a month and it's now about $40-$50!

    Answer by Mom2Jack04 at 3:45 PM on Oct. 13, 2009

  • Make sure the only light that is on is in the room you're in, I know that sounds dumb but I've gone through our house and DH and DS had almost every room lit up. Set your thermostat to a certain temperature and leave it there as much as possible. We also plug computers, t.v. and other coordinating equipment into a power strip and turn them off when we're not using any of that stuff. I can't stress enough the plastic over the windows. My laundry room is now pleasant because of that. Check your door and make sure cold air is not coming through. If it is, get some weather stripping and apply that. If it's coming through on the bottom get a "sweeper", the piece that fits along the bottom of doors. Those help so much.

    Answer by wildflowers25 at 5:41 PM on Oct. 13, 2009

  • Forgot to add, the GE Energy Smart light bulbs. Those are amazing. We are still using the ones we bought months and months ago. They are kind of expensive if you buy the big box like we did but they pay for themselves.

    Answer by wildflowers25 at 5:43 PM on Oct. 13, 2009

  • Unplug any appliance not in use. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent; even the dimmable ones are reasonable priced.

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:46 PM on Oct. 13, 2009

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