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Cut your electric bill each month by following these great ways to save. Check out advice from experts and organizations dedicated to helping you get smart about how to reduce electricity usage.

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  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use only 1/4 of the energy of traditional incandescent bulbs. They will rapidly work to reduce your energy costs, plus they last much, much longer (8,000 hours...
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  • Programmable thermostats can be found at any hardware store and are easy to install. You can set them to automatically adjust the temperature according to time of day. For example: you can program...
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  • Washing clothes in cold water is a huge money saver. Almost 90% of the energy used to clean clothes can go towards heating the water. This is a simple tip to remember each time you do a load of...
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  • Ceiling fans are an extremely efficient way to cool a house, circulating cooler air while using less energy than air conditioning. Plus there are even more ways to stay cool with strategic use of...
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  • If you have a two-level house and spend the majority of your time downstairs, consider hanging a curtain at the top or bottom of the stairs. This will prevent the warm air, which rises, from escaping upstairs. Alternatively, hang a curtain in the doorway of the living area to prevent heat from escaping. This quick trick should save a few dollars [...]
  • Darker shingles attract and absorb more of the sun's heat. Go for light-colored shingles to reflect the sun, and save on air conditioning costs.
  • Did you know that the freezer functions best when it's close to full? This is true for both deep freezers and regular ones. If your freezer has a lot of empty space, it has to work harder to keep the food cold. As a goal, try to keep the freezer at least 2/3 full.

    So what if you don't have enough food to fill up the space? You can start by [...]