Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Easy Ways To Save Money: Cut Your Electric Bill

Here is an easy way to cut your electricity bill! It takes a few dollars, but will reward you with consistently lower bills! What is it? 

A surge protector! I have quite a few at my house. Every television set has one, the cable boxes (my husband likes living in the 21st Century so these are a fact of life at my house), and anything else that has a phantom load that can't be eliminated. What is a 'phantom load'? Appliances that have a clock, remote control or work continuously even when they are not needed, all carry 'phantom loads'.  You will save money if you turn them off when you are not using them. You can do that with a surge protector.

They fit neatly and discretely behind the appliance and can be operated with your foot or a stick. Here is a picture of one of mine. This one is on the family room TV, record player, and DVD player. (Yes, we have a record player. We do not have a CD player.) Even our computers, printers, and Internet box are plugged into one! 

My husband uses the stick to turn it on/off. I use my foot. While it is exposed (and not tucked behind the cabinet), you can't see it from the rest of the room.

You can also reduce your electricity bill by replacing your electric clocks with ones that use a battery. No need to run out and purchase all new clocks - when it is time to replace a broken one, purchase a non-electric one instead. We haven't had electric clocks at our house in years.

Surge protectors don't have to cost a lot of money. You don't need one with all the bells and whistles on it. Simple, plain and inexpensive work really well here.

You WILL notice the difference in your electric bill!

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