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id like to reduce my electric costs

Posted by on May. 17, 2014 at 11:59 AM
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Any advice?
by on May. 17, 2014 at 11:59 AM
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trish2tew
by Member on May. 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM

We live in Texas and have a wide variety of providers. See if your state has something like this website that can help you find options. http://www.powertochoose.com/

Unplug nonessential electronics that aren't battery powered when they aren't being used. Turn the lights off when you aren't in the room. Those are a couple of things we do.

psych_mom
by on May. 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Make sure that your house is well insulated. We lived in a 1750 sq ft house that was built in 2000. Our last electric bill was almost $270. We moved into a 3200-3300 sq ft house and our gas and electric combined was around $165. We have about 2 ft of insulation in our ceilings, thick insulation in our walls, hardiplank siding outside, and 2 ft of insulation between the basement ceiling and kitchen floor. The house before, when we would touch the outside walls they were cold, here they aren't. Make sure any holes in your walls to let outside cables in have proper sealant around them, as well as doors and windows.

yvonne37
by Platinum Member on May. 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM
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Disconnect everything you are not using.. i know its easier to just leave things plugged, but that pulls electricity.

yvonne37
by Platinum Member on May. 17, 2014 at 1:02 PM
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go out instead of staying home..

yvonne37
by Platinum Member on May. 17, 2014 at 1:03 PM

when out.. plug your cell to charge .. ;) like the mall or while waiting at the doctors office

yvonne37
by Platinum Member on May. 17, 2014 at 1:03 PM
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give the kids more books to read instead of electronics

yvonne37
by Platinum Member on May. 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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change your light bulb to energy officiant ones

yvonne37
by Platinum Member on May. 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM

when walking out of a room.. turn lights off.  Dont turn lights on if you dont really need them, sometimes the rooms look ok in semi darkness ;)

yvonne37
by Platinum Member on May. 17, 2014 at 1:07 PM

shop around for electric companies.. you might find another company that gives you a better price

othermom
by Ruby Member on May. 17, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Set AC to a higher temp. Shut off lights when no one is in the room, use a clothes line if you can, unplug and turn off stuff when you are not using them

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