8 Ways You’re Spending Too Much on Electricity

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Although the electricity bill probably isn’t one of your biggest expenses (compared to your rent or mortgage), it’s definitely an expenditure you can reduce. It doesn’t take that much effort to be more energy efficient, so why not learn to be more eco-friendly and shrink your electricity bill at the same time? Before you start implementing these minor changes, be aware of these things that can be causing your energy usage to skyrocket:

  • Not cleaning out the lint. Make sure you always clean the lint filter after use so the dryer runs efficiently. Every six months, take the trap out and wash it with soap and water. While your clothes are drying, the lint in the trap hampers the flow of air in the heated dryer. This makes your dryer work harder and expend more energy than it needs to.
  • Not buying a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat is a good investment because you’re able to save energy by programming the thermostat to control the heating and cooling when you’re away from home or asleep. There are programmable thermostats for about $35.

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  • Rockstar_chick87

    Some of that doesn’t apply if you live in an apartment. But unplugging if you are not using is what I do, and keeping the A/C off (live in Florida, so don’t really need heat too much). I keep the thermostat set at 90, unless it’s hot then I put it to 80. But whenever we are not home, we leave it at 90. We pay $50-55 for electric a month. Using the dishwasher as opposed to washing everything by hand doesn’t seem to make much of a difference at all.