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what are some ways to cut the utility bill?

We keep the lights off except when we are in the room. We keep the thermostat between 68-70. Any colder and I'd die. Lol. We use the new energy friendly bulbs. We have a new water heater. Any other suggestions? I cannot afford all new appliances...


Asked by KARRIEMARIE at 12:43 PM on Dec. 2, 2010 in Money & Work

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Answers (8)
  • Have you winter proofed your home? Like putting the plastic over the windows, putting the door stops under the doors, and such to prevent heat from escaping your home?

    Answer by xxlilmomma09 at 12:45 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • I'll give it a try...

    Comment by KARRIEMARIE (original poster) at 12:47 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • Turn the thermostat down when no one is home, block off rooms with closed doors or blankets that aren't being used on a regular basis....

    Answer by bellsandheels at 12:55 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • Some of the ways we cut electricity use : Turn off lights when you're not in the room. Close off extra bedrooms where you don't go, but be careful not to let them get too cold ! Use more blankets, sweaters, hoodies, thermal underwear and sweatshirts rather than turning up the heat. Wear socks and shoes, and slippers instead of going barefoot inside the house. Drink hot drinks. Seal all outside doors well with weather striping and seal windows with duct tape along their bottom edges. Use your fireplace or wood-burning stove burning twigs and gathered wood from the wild and scrap wood.

    Answer by IndigoRose at 12:56 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • Unplug whatever is not used (why keep a washer/dryer plugged in when you only use it once a week?); do not run the dry cycle on the dishwasher; get a programmable thermostat and wear sweaters and slippers to compensate for the colder temp; keep the thermostat low (we keep ours at 62 and we live in a cold climate); don't shower everyday; only flush toilets after going #2 or when too much toilet paper accumulates from going #1; it's all just common sense stuff.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:19 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • We switched all our CFL bulbs to LED bulbs and our energy bill dropped by 30 bucks a month. We also have an LED tv that produces no heat and uses very little energy. Even our Christmas lights are LED. We have a 3500sqft house and our electric portion of the bill was 75 bucks the gas portion was 47 bucks. We have been in the 40's and 30's for a month so the heater is on daily. When it drops into the teens and 20's that will go up about 20 bucks more total. We used our tax money from last year to replace the windows in the house and add a storm door. I also have drapes on the windows that block the cold in the winter and help block the sun in the back of the house.

    My heating and cooling guy said closing vents in rooms that are not being used was a bad idea and was hard on the heating and ac units. He suggested in those room putting up plastic if the windows are drafty and leaving the vents partially open.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:41 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • We switched all our CFL bulbs to LED bulbs and our energy bill dropped by 30 bucks a month.

    I was able to buy the bulbs on discount through our utility company so they were only 9 bucks a piece so each month we pay for three more of the bulbs and since they will last more than 10 years or longer well worth the expense. Check with your utility company and see if they have a program like that. Ours has many tips for the consumer and actually rewards those who do control their energy consumption with credits to their bills. We got 200 credit on our bill for only using the base amount allowed all summer long.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:45 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • We unplug things when not in use. Saved us 40 bucks/month. We turn off lights when not in rooms. My electric bill for my 2 bedroom house is only 60/month.

    Answer by Mom2Just1 at 6:20 PM on Dec. 2, 2010