Sunday, March 10, 2013

A quick way to cut your electric bill

Just grab your scissors - and a - no wait - I actually have an idea that will work - not just for a laugh.

As our electric bills climb due to our new found fossil fuel costs, energy rate increases and the summer heat (which will be here soon enough), it is a good idea to take a few moments and inspect your electronics for possible energy savings.

The best way to find energy drains or bleeds is to use a power meter such as P3’s Kill-A-Watt.

It will help you spot the energy hogs.

These devices sell for $20 to $30 in stores, and some local libraries even loan them out.

But, if you don’t have a power meter handy, and can’t locate one easily enough, you can start to cut your power bill simply by identifying the oldest devices in your house. Most TVs, VCRs, stereos and other electronics that were manufactured before this decade draw a few watts of current even when turned off.

And to think – we all looked at our parents and grand parents as if they were crazy when they would unplug everything when ever it wasn’t in use. Turns out they were pretty damn smart after all.

Unplugging your older appliances and electrical systems when not in use should immediately reduce your electric bill.

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