On the whole, our energy bills are climbing higher and higher each month, with seemingly no end in sight. However, there are ways to reduce your energy spending. Many of them require little to no sacrifice on your part and can be accomplished with minimal effort. The following is a list of methods for getting the most bang for your energy buck.

Turn Off Electronics

While most electronics do not account for significant raises in your electricity bill, many of our modern comforts must be turned off in order for us to save money on the electric bill. Plasma televisions and desktop computers are two items that tend to be left on, even when no one is using them. Video game systems also fall under this category.

A simple solution? Plug all of these appliances into a power strip and when you’re not using them, turn the power strip off. That way, you can completely shut down all of these power draining devices with the flip of one switch.

Wash Dishes Efficiently

Since a dishwasher requires hot water to clean your dishes, running this appliance comes at a heavy cost if not done properly. First of all, set your dishwasher’s temperature to 120 degrees or lower if possible. Use shorter cycles and only run the dishwasher for full loads.

Shut down the dishwasher after the washing and rinsing cycles have taken place. By allowing the dishes to air dry, this saves valuable energy. To make sure your dishwasher is running at maximum efficiency, keep it unclogged and free of all foodstuffs.

Improve Your Refrigeration

One of the most common ways to raise your energy spending that can be curbed is to not open your refrigerator unless you know what you want already. Leaving it open as you hem and haw allows cool air to escape, increasing your energy spending.

Set the temperatures of your freezer and refrigerator so that you are not burning more energy than necessary. The freezer should be set no colder than 0 degrees, but no warmer than 5. The refrigerator’s optimal temperature falls between 38 and 42 degrees.

Modify Your Lighting

Many homeowners make the mistake of using incandescent bulbs, which use up to four times the amount of energy as fluorescent bulbs. It is also important to note when purchasing light bulbs that a higher lumen count is preferable, as higher lumens mean more light for your home.

Don’t leave lights on during the daytime. Be sure to take advantage of the natural light by arranging your furniture so that it is close to windows. Regularly dust your lampshades, light fixtures and light bulbs, so that you’re able to maximize the amount of light that can shine through them.

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