1. Thick curtains to prevent the heat from leaving your home. They are usually thicker and a little more expensive than regular curtains but they will help you save in the long run.
2. Unplug all devices from outlets, even though they may use a small amount of electric it all adds up. I mean unplug everything. Don't leave tv's, video game systems on stand by mode, they use the same amount of electricity as when they are in use. You can search google to figure out how much you spend on electricty by finding the mathmatical formula.
3. Switch to CFL bulbs, they will help you save and some last up to 9 years beating out incadescent bulbs by 4 to 5 years. Be sure to shop around. A wide variety is available to you.
4. Invest in rechargeable batteries it will save you a bundle for flash lights, radios and other battery operateed devices. Here is a mathmatical formula that I use.
price of batteries * how many months of use = 1 year's worth.
$4.99/4pk AA * 12 months = $59.88 worth of AA batteries for a year. $11.99/4pk AA re-chargeable * 12 months = $11.99 plus electric use to recharge. Estimated $14.00 used for the year.
5. By new faucets heads that reduce water use. I spent around $2 each one for the shower and one for the kitchen. Also watch for how long your in the shower or washing dishes.
6. If your shopping for appliances buy Energy Star rated appliances.
7. When cooking or baking food before putting it in the fridge let it cool to room temperature so your freezer or refridgerator doesn't have to work overtime.
8. Put dirty dishes in a bowl filled with water and then all you have to do is soap and rinse cutting the kitchen water usage time pretty much in half.
9. Turn the thermostat down a little at night when everyone is covered up in blankets and sweaters.
10. The most simple and easy way is to remember to shut off light switches and faucets when your not using them. Be efficient with the water and electric use.
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