Simple Ways to Cut Your Energy Bill

  • Heat food in your toaster oven — it uses up to 50 percent less energy than a full-size oven.
  • Opt for white window shades during warmer weather and keep them closed during the day to reflect the sun’s heat away from your house.
  • Store refrigerated food and beverages in closed containers; if left uncovered, they release moisture and overburden the appliance’s compressor.
  • Choose an Energy Star–compliant computer, which uses 70 percent less electricity than a nondesignated model.
  • Place lamps and TVs far away from thermostats so the heat given off doesn’t cause air-conditioning systems to run longer than they need to.
  • Don’t believe the screen-saver myth. Computer screen savers don’t cut energy use! Enable the auto sleep mode or turn off the monitor for eco-friendly operation.

Source:  Reader’s Digest, March 2012

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