Homeowners, tenants, renters, well pretty much everyone on the planet would like to be saving money, right? Every time I get my electric bill, I don't understand it and it never goes down. Feel the same?

Here are a few things to do, allegedly that everyone can do, from Central Hudson, which ones have you tried? I have already switched over to the 'new' lightbulbs and have the power strips which are supposed to keep the "Vampire appliances" from using energy/electric when they are not in use, but here are a few more things to do (or to not do anymore):

  • Turn down the temperature on your hot water heater. Easy to do if your temperature readout is digital. The suggested temp is 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When it comes time to purchase a new appliance, double check that it has the energy saver logos.
  • Wash clothes in cold water and use a detergent that is specially formulated to wash in cold water. Also, check if your washer is "High Efficiency" too. I didn't know with my new washer, I also needed to start using a 'HE' laundry soap. It only take a few minutes to find on that is HE and is formulated for cold.
  • Switch out your shower head to one that is a 'low flow' version. There are also ones that have a switch on them so you can turn the water off when you get wet. While the water is off, you can then soap up and then turn the water back on to rinse off. This is also helpful if you are using electric to run a well pump.
  • Lock your windows. Seems basic, right? But the weather stripping is designed to be better at doing its job, when the windows are not only closed but also locked.

What change have you made recently that has helped to lower your energy bill? Care to share some tips with us? Thank you in advance, and while my power company might not thank you for helping me to lower the bill, my budget will be super appreciative.

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