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As many of you know I am a poor college professor, so to be unemployed, and I really hate wasting money. So today I’d like to share with you some tips to save money on your electric bill! This can also transfer over to your gas bills as most of these are either or. 😉
1. Adjust the thermostat when you’re not home.
During the winter I turn the heat down to 60-65F when we’re not home. I also turn it up to 68F at the highest. If you’re chilly put on a sweater or blanket.
In the summer we usually keep the air conditioner on around 78-75F when we’re not home and 73F when we’re home.
This was really helpful when we were living off of my $35,000 salary.
2. Turn down the hot water heater.
Our hot water heater is gas, but the concept is the same. There is really no reason for you to have the water at its maximum temperature. Ours was at the maximum temperature when we first moved in and I could STEEP TEA with the maximum heat on! That’s too hot!
3. Turn off the lights.
I remember my dad yelling at us to turn off the lights when we leave a room. I now understand why. Electricity is expensive! I’m trying to train Greg and his children… TURN OFF THE LIGHTS! This will save you a few dollars a month.
You can also open those curtains in your house when the sun’s out! Natural lighting is so much better for your eyes and…. it’s FREE!
4. Unplug your electronics.
When you turn off your electronics they usually have a small light still illuminated on them. When the light is on that means they’re using electricity. When we go out of town I usually unplug the TV and the power strips.
So give these a try! Let me know how it works for you!