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Top 4 ways to save on your Electric bill

Most think that the only way to save on electricity is to purchase solar or be involved in some sort of renewable program. Both of which are great and certainly save you money, but there are some things you can do before getting involved in renewables. Heres a few I found to be very helpful.

1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: One of the most effective ways to save money on your electric bill is to reduce the amount of energy you use in the first place. This can be done by turning off lights and appliances when they're not in use, and by using energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs. A simple way to lower the bill without spending any money. Most utility companies actually offer free or discounted energy efficient light bulbs.

2. Unplug electronics: Many electronics continue to use power even when they are turned off. This is called standby power or vampire power. Unplugging devices when they are not in use can save you money on your electric bill. I don't mean unplug EVERYTHING in the house. But lamps, phone chargers, small kitchen appliances and computers can all have a small draw of power even when not in use.

3. Use a programmable thermostat: A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature in your home at different times of the day, so you can keep it cooler when you're not home and warmer when you are. This can save you money on your electric bill by reducing the amount of energy you use to heat and cool your home. This follows the same concept of opening the windows on a nice day to gain free cool or warm air without having to run the furnace or air conditioning unit.

4. Seal and insulate your home: Another way to save money on your electric bill is to make sure that your home is well-sealed and insulated. This will help keep the warm air in during the winter and the cool air in during the summer, reducing the amount of energy you need to use to heat and cool your home. A lot of people overlook this. It can be tedious and sometimes expensive depending on the vintage of your home but the better sealed your home is, the better it will hold heat and cool air. Make sure when you are doing this, you still allow proper ventilation for moisture to escape. If your home doesn't have proper ventilation, mold and moisture can form in the walls and other areas.

Hopefully these easy fixes can help you save on that utility bill without breaking the bank!

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