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Originally published Friday, October 18, 2013 at 8:04 PM

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Making your electric bill less shocking

Here are some tips and tricks to help avoid the jolt of a sky-high bill.


Scripps Howard News Service

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Electric bills are a part of life, whether we want them to be or not. Luckily, we don’t have to feel the burn of a huge bill each month.

Here are some tips and tricks to help avoid the jolt of a sky-high bill.

Switch bulbs. You can easily change regular lights to fluorescents. These bulbs may cost a little more initially, but over the course of a year they will be much more budget-friendly.

Keep empty rooms dark. Double-check to make sure all lights are turned off when not in use. Always get into the habit of turning lights off when you leave a room or leave the house. If you tend to forget, you may want to consider setting lights on an automated timer.

Seal cracks. Seal windows and doors with caulk. This is simple and inexpensive to do, and it can keep heat and air conditioning indoors where it’s needed. Cracks allow air and heat to escape, causing your units to run harder and longer, which costs more money.

Get a programmable thermostat. By planning ahead, you aren’t heating or cooling the house when no one is home or while you’re asleep.

Clean and replace air filters. This works in the same way sealing cracks does. When you keep filters clean, your unit runs more efficiently, thus saving you cash.

Use a ceiling fan. Fans are a great way to circulate air for less money. Set the fan to blow up during cold weather to keep the air circulated, and down during warm weather for the opposite effect.

Try a budgeted bill. Instead of your bill fluctuating every month, you may be able to receive an average monthly bill by calling your utility company. That way, you can better budget the monthly expense so that it doesn’t go way up or down.



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