The answer is super simple: unplug your entertainment center.
Then replug all those cords into one power strip with an on-off switch. (If you’re like me, you have three or four awaiting use in the bottom of a desk drawer.) With the power cord, you and your family can power each machine on and off with one simple click… and save $150 in the process.
Check out a demo at Touchstone Energy’s TogetherWeSave.com here.
See, even when they aren’t on, your TVs, DVRs, Nintendo Wii systems, etc., use power. That wastes resources and hard-earned money… about $150 per year for the average home, according to TogetherWeSave.com. (Here‘s what TogetherWeSave.com assumes is an average family home.)
Tips like these come in handy when the need for energy increases in winter. Plus, Dakota Valley and Northern Plains consumers can expect rate increases beginning in January and April respectively. So implement these tips now, and you won’t notice an increase come 2012 🙂
Other ways to reduce wasted power and to save money:
* Set your thermostat to cheap: for each degree you lower your thermostat in the winter, expect to see a savings of about $180/year. So if you usually keep your house a toasty 70 degrees, reduce that heat to 68 degrees, and invest the $360 you just saved into a pair of wooly slippers. 🙂
* Adjust the blinds: Allowing the sunshine in during winter and keeping it out in summer can save your household about 50 bucks a year. The sunshine naturally warms your home, so in the winter, it gives your heating elements a warming boost…. at no charge! So close the curtains in summer, and open them when the snow falls.
* Beat the (water) heat: Water heaters need not be set for more than 120 degrees. Reduce your settings from 135 degrees to 120 degrees and save the $60 or so you save each year for water skis, water falls or water towers… anything but wasted energy on your water heater.
Check out other tips at TogetherWeSave.com.
So, how do you save money on power bills?