In order to save money on your electric bill, you obviously have to use less electricity. The problem is that technology has become so well developed that the average home relies on electricity now more than ever before. It is up to consumer to find a way to reduce their use and still live the lifestyle they have become accustomed to. Fortunately, all it takes is a bit of understanding concerning how modern appliances work coupled with a few minor tweaks to our daily habits.

Invest in surge protecting power strips. Power strips are a great and easy way to minimize your use of electricity. They can also prevent damage to your electrical devices in the event of a storm or power surge. In other words, if you have anything electrical of value to you, it should be plugged into a surge protector. Before you leave the house or go to bed or leave the house, flip the switch on the power strip to the “off” position. If you think this is a waste of time because all devices plugged into the strip are already off, read on to the next tip.

Understand how modern appliances work, and make use of that knowledge. Years ago f you turned a television or stereo on, you had to wait a short while for it to warm up. That’s because of the amount of electricity it takes to operate the system. Today, if you are waiting for your television to become fully functional it’s because it has a computer chip and all the systems need to load. Modern appliances store electricity so that there is no large draw on the power system when you turn them on. If there is power going to your appliance, it is consuming it whether it is on or not. This is just another reason why a power strip comes in so handy. You can also invest in Energy Star appliances that don’t use as much electricity.

Invest in Compact Florescent Light (CFL) bulbs. These high efficiency bulbs may cost a bit more upfront than traditional light bulbs, but they save you money and energy in the long run. CFL bulbs don’t just use less electricity; they also last longer than older bulbs. You will actually save money on light bulb purchases as well as on the electric bill.

Use only what you need. This seems like an obvious statement, but how many times is the television on and no one is watching it? Entire houses are lit up while one person sits in a room reading book. But it goes even further than that. Instead of using your oven for pizzas and small meals, try using a crock pot or toaster oven. The less space that has to be heated, the less electricity you are using.

Minimize your water use. Though most people don’t associate their water use with electricity use, they do go hand in hand. If you have a pump, it runs on electricity. Even if you have a gas water heater, the switches and thermostat run on electric. The more water you use, the more electricity you use. Try filling a jug with water and putting it in your toilet tank. The tank will fill to the same level with less water. Fill a sink with rinse water rather than running the water constantly to rinse dishes. If possible, invest in a point-of-service water heater so you only heat what you need when you need it.

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