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  • 5 Easy Tips for Saving On Your Electricity Bill

    Posted Under: Going Green in Ames, Rental Basics in Ames, Rentals in Ames  |  March 28, 2012 9:29 AM  |  437 views  |  1 comment
    This post was provided by the Ames Apartments experts at Jensen Group

    Electricity costs can really add up! As warmer weather approaches, electricity bills start to rise becoming less and less affordable. The energy cost at certain points of the year gets so high that you can run up an excess of hundreds of dollars in cost if you are not careful.  However, there are many things you can do to save money on your electric bill.  Try these tips today!

    1.    First check the lighting in your home or apartment. There might be bulbs that use excess wattage which aren’t practical to use in your bedroom or kitchen, which can be replaced with more efficient bulbs. Also, get into the habit of turning lights off so they use energy when it's not needed.

    2.    Keep your fridge in check!  Staying on top of your refrigerator maintenance is key.  This includes making sure the cooling coils in both the refrigerator and the freezer are clear. Also go to the bottom and back of the unit so that you can clean out the vent, which will help it run better. Do a regular defrosting to get rid of thick ice surrounding the freezer container.

    3.    For the other appliances, the simple practice would be to turn them off when not in use. When you leave your house be sure all the appliances are turned off and unplugged, as most electronics use electricity even when turned off.

    4.    Procure a wattage meter that can measure how much electricity the devices around your home are using. They normally are pretty cheap, usually less than $20, and provide a quick do-it-yourself method for effectively monitoring your energy consumption.

    5.    Try doing everyday tasks with minimal electricity. Examples include drying your clothes outside and opening the blinds rather than turning on a light to brighten your workspace.

    While some of these points may be harder to accomplish than others (cold shower? brrrrr!!), make sure you sure to keep the long-term benefits and savings in mind. The savings can truly pile up for your monthly fees if you can start thinking green!

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