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It’s Electric!

thermostatIt’s Summertime and that means higher electric bills.

10 Free/Cheap Ways to Save on Electric
(this list is compiled from various utility companies and conservation websites)

  1. Monitor. Many utility companies provide FREE energy and water usage monitoring so you can see what you are using each day. That can help you know when you are using more than you can afford, or if there is a leak. OUC uses MyUsage. Duke Energy has a few programs on their Save Energy & Money page.
  2. Audit. Most utility companies provide FREE home energy audits. They will come to your home and let you know information such as if your windows are leaking, if your wiring is wasting electricity, and which appliances are draining your wallet. If you are a renter, you may need permission from the landlord. You can also do an audit online. (more…)
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A Little Bird Told Me…

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Life in the Fast Lane… Uses More Gas!

gasIn the spirit of our previous posts sharing tips on saving money on your utilities, here are some tips we rounded up to save money on gas for your car. Thanks to Ocala’s publication, UNITE, for inspiring this post with your May 2013 issue.

10 Tips to Save on Gas (plus a bonus tip)

  1. Once a month, check your tire pressure and make sure they are inflated correctly.
  2. Change your air filter and change your oil regularly
  3. Align your tires as needed
  4. Roll your windows up on the highway
  5. Go 55 on the highway instead of 75mph…or 85…  (and save big on those speeding tickets) (more…)

Do Your Utility Bills Make Your Jaw Drop? Part 2

leakfaucetPart 2 in a 2 part series. Anytime is a great time to put in place some water saving remedies to keep your bills from drying up your bank account.

10 Free/Cheap Ways to Save on Water
(this list is compiled from various utility companies and conservation websites)

Take Me to the Water.

  1. Turn it off. Washing dishes by hand? Put soapy water in a bowl or sink basin to wash the dishes(wash the greasy ones last), and fill another basin with clean water to rinse.   Taking a shower? Turn the water off while you lather up. Brushing your teeth? Turn off the faucet while you brush.
  2. Fill it up. Does your toilet use more than 1.6 gallons per flush? Fill up a half gallon jug (you can use water, sand, anything heavy) or a brick and put it in the tank on the back of the toilet. It’s easiest to do it right after you flush the toilet. Make sure the object  is steady and won’t fall over – this might damage the flushing mechanism. Close the tank back up and you’re done. The toilet will use less water to flush.
  3. Thaw it out. Defrost your food overnight in the fridge instead of using running water. (more…)

Do Your Utility Bills Make Your Jaw Drop? Part 1

power_stripPart 1 in a 2 part series. Anytime is a great time to put in place some energy saving remedies to keep your bills from shooting through the roof(literally and figuratively) with cold and hot weather.

10+ Free/Cheap Ways to Save on Electric
(this list is compiled from various utility companies and conservation websites)

It’s Electric.

  1. Monitor. Many utility companies provide FREE energy and water usage monitoring so you can see what you are using each day. That can help you know when you are using more than you can afford, or if there is a leak.
  2. Audit. There are companies who provide FREE home energy audits. They will come to your home and let you know information such as if your windows are leaking, if your wiring is wasting electricity, and which appliances are draining your wallet. If you are a renter, you will likely need permission from the landlord. (more…)
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