• Casey

    I have heard that unplugging appliances can save a lot of money on utility bills because power will still surge through even if the appliance/device is not turned on. This makes sense, but how much does it actually save? $5 a month? $20 a month? $100 a month? Any idea? Of course it would depend on how many things were plugged in, but I guess I am just wondering if it is a significant amount or not.

    • April

      Casey, about 2 years ago I began unplugging all of my lamps, kitchen appliances that sat on the counter, hair dryers and straighteners that would sit out and stay plugged in through the school and work day. When I heard that by unplugging them we could save some money, I began unplugging everything except what I couldn’t get too (oven, washer, dryer). I first saved about $30 a month until I realized how I could stay on top of it more. Now that we are in a good habit, I save between $80 and $120 a month depending on the season. It made a huge difference for us!

  • http://www.robertsportal.blogspot.com Ryan

    I read something about this…can’t remember where. But they sell these devices that you can plug your applicances into to see how much electricity they are using, even if they aren’t “on”. One guy did it with all his electronics and found out that some things definitely suck on electricity even when they are “off”. He suggested putting everything on power strips and then just turning off the entire power strip when they are not in use. For example, plug all your computer stuff (monitor, tower, printer, speakers, etc.) into one power strip and turn off the power strip when you have the computer “off”. Not sure how much it will save, but the guy who wrote the article made it seem like if you did this for everything that you could save a considerable amount of money.

    • Justaguy

      its called “killawatt” i have and use everyday. its a device that tells u what it costs to run each device by the hour / day / month / year quite nice to know what u are throwing out the window in energy costs. Its costs around 20 dollars depending where u buy it.


    You can also save money by budgeting your phone bills. An example is using a company that won’t charge you for directory assistance. You can try 1-800-411-SAVE. It’s absolutely free. They have live and friendly agents that give out very accurate phone listings. You won’t regret trying it! You can save more than a dollar per call.. Imagine how much you can keep. Remember the number 1-800-411-7283!

  • DG

    I think that solar paneling is a good investment if you have the money or even insulating attics/basements. Helps save a lot on utilities in the long run. What we do though is unplug appliances. you don’t save a ton but it adds up and we also limit our shower to between 5-10 min (depending if it involves washing hair) – hard to get used to it but it really ends up saving us a tidy bundle per year

  • http://madsaver.com Mac

    Our utility bills have always been way to high for the size of the house. Several years back I paid for a home energy audit from our local gas company and they zeroed in on a lot of spots in the house where heat was escaping and recommended ways to fix each one. I spent a lot of time after that sealing up all the leaks I could, and probably saved a few bucks. The biggest offender was our old windows though, but I’ll let the next owners deal with that! ;)

  • http://www.homepowersaver.net Home Power Saver

    I’ve found that some of my most unexpected savings come from the little things. True, replacing energy hog appliances is easy and makes a large impact, but I’ve saved $150+ a year by using better power management on my computer and “smart” power strips to stop ‘vampire’ power. I’ve saved $10-$20 installing occupancy sensors and timers on various lighting. There are a number of useful products like ratcheting door strike plates that can help you seal your house for a couple of dollars and minimal time. I devote my site to these sorts of ideas and just want to make sure everyone realizes you can chip away at your high bills in many ways.

    • Dubbaka Sunil

      Your idea is good, but the you haven’t mentiomed the cost of the sensors and timers.If the cost of the timers and sensors is quite high, then no need of placing them to save power bill. please provide some more ideas other than these.

  • http://www.smartenergytoday.com Charles

    We have been able to reduce our electricity usage by almost 50% over the last couple of years using some of the tactics you listed. The biggest contributors have been switching to CFL (compact fluorescent lights) and switching to front load washer and dryer combo. Other things that have help: setting all our computers to hibernate after 30 minutes of inactivity, using fans as much as possible in the summer, washing with warm or cold water instead of hot water.

    Sometimes it is the simple things that can save a lot of money. Lately I have noticed our electricity usage creeping back up, and I realized that we were having trouble finishing the laundry. We would start a load and then forget about it, causing us to have to re-wash or re-fluff the load wasting electricity.

  • Lois

    One thing I do to save money is not to use my dryer all the time. In the summer months I hang my laundry outside and in the winter months inside. I bought myself a couple clothes rack and use them all the time. It may seem hard but you will see it in your electric bill.

  • http://www.debtassist.com.au/ Debt Assist

    Simple, but effective list you got here. I would just like to add that the girls can minimise using their hair blowers, hair curlers, and other electrical gadgets used for primping. Lessening use of these gadgets not only reduces electric bills. It also helps avoid damaging their hair. That’s like hitting two birds with one stone, right?

  • Ky8ztz

    Here is a simple way to keep your home warm where you spend 90% of your time. It might cost you $20.00 to save $100.00. This method just depend on how much you implement it. Heat rises!! I remember this from my great grandmothers home. We have a four level home. I put curtains up and compartmentalize the different levels. For example: the recreation room and the kitchen are one area. The living room where the digital thermostat is located is another. I keep the digital thermostat set at 67 during the day and 63 at night. Keep an extra blanket on the bed at night. The kitchen and rec room/TV area stay 74 degrees throughout the day. If you have one of the infrared heaters advertised, you can keep an area of yoyr house warmed at 78 degrees easy for 9 cents an hour. The wife was not crazy about all the curtains, but when she seen how much it saved in gas heating, she was happy. The heater never goes on during the day and we are warm and saving money

  • http://elmer-hasard.webstarts.com/ Steven Lupton

    Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or washing your hands. Get your hands/brush wet and then do your scrubbing with the water off. That will save a minute or two of the water going straight down the drain. Small habit to change with a huge lifetime result. Several Gallons of clean water every day.

    • Heatherllevin

      Steve, those are some great tips, thanks!

  • http://www.moneysavingblog.org/ Money Saving Blog

    Great tips Heather! I’ve only followed and applied 3 tips out of the 11. It surprising to see the large amount of money that I can save from here.

  • Don

    A couple years ago, I noticed the furnace in my mom’s modular home would kick on about every ten or fifteen minutes while would sit there and play cards. But after I caulked the outside and inside window frames on the entire house the furnace virtually stopped running all the time. It only cost me 7 tubes times $2.50 = $17.50. It was well worth it because also the bugs stopped coming in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002413953234 Jason Bayer

    I installed an Energy Management Computer on my house and it cut my electric bill by over 30%. Saved tons of money on my high A/C bills this summer in AZ. Check out Advanced Home Systems at http://www.cheaperutilitybill.com to learn about it. Not a new concept, just that usually energy management computers are used by businesses and not residential customers. ROI is short, around 3 to 4 years compared to 20+ years on a solar panel system.

    I found several of these tips to be amusing. Here’s why, this is how we are trained to save money on our electric bill – by not using the A/C or Heat and accepting that we must be uncomfortable or less comfortable. I used to keep my house at around 81 to 82 degrees in the summer in AZ. Miserable. Since installing my energy management computer, I now keep my A/C at 72 degrees all summer and my bills were at least $150 less every month from the same time a year ago ($450 vs $300 per month in the summer). Pay less and be smarter with your electricity, that is what an energy management computer does for you. The regular APS customer in AZ pays about 12 cents per kilowatt hour, Advanced Home Systems clients pay around 7.5 to 8 cents per kilowatt hour. Not so much about using less but paying less too.

    I wish I would have installed something like this about 7 years ago when I built my first home. Worth looking at if you want to save money.

  • Will

    Great Stuff!

  • Amanda

    This is great advice, espically for someone who is single like me since it sounds like I can do all of these things by myself. One other thing I did was I found this company called BillCutterz and they lowered my electric bill recently from 14 cents a kWH to 9 cents a kWH. I know if a state is regulated by the government they can’t help but I was so glad they helped me and it took no time at all.

  • darlenersmith55

    I saved on my electric bill by throwing out my iron, due to a malfunction. After buying three irons in less than two years because of the same problem, (one being a top brand) I refused to purchase another one. Instead, I found a way to get the wrinkles out of my family’s clothes, which saves me time, and energy too! I put one of those fabric softener bars that easily attaches to the inside of the dryer, (lasts 2-4 months) and much better than dryer sheets. Immediately after drying the clothes I shake them out, and hang them on hangers. Hardly a wrinkle left!

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    I am very much pleased with the contents you have mentioned..

  • Karrenc

    My mom has her energy bill down to less than 20 a month. She only uses air conditioning when it gets over 100, but her biggest thing is unplugging the tv and any appliances such as coffee pot, microwave and toaster, and she only has one light on after dark. The first month I tried this, my bill was reduced almost 50!!

  • someone

    chocolate milk is similar to water

  • Carrie

    I unplug my tv, modem and router, I also recommend windowjacket products, my bill went from $110 per month to $67 per month. I save year around. I also sealed the cracks around my doors.

  • Casey Oneil

    Great tips, MoneyCrashers! My wife and I have personally saved tons using tips 5 and 7. Also, washing your laundry with only cold water will also save you about $200 a year. In addition, PowerInnovator (go to http://WWW.SHRINKIFY.INFO/POWERINNOVATOR) has reduced my family’s electric bill by almost 50% – my wife and I couldn’t be happier about seeing that one on the news! :)

  • Richard Ilaner

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    • Jeff Brondal


  • New York stay green

    I am a single person that lives in New York and I love the save money with the prices of everything here going up I purchased a dorm refrigerator power strips and I unplug everything when I’m not using it the only thing that has to stay plugged in is the refrigerator and my Internet service since I have voice over IP and I save a bundle every month it’s nice to have some money in my pocket since I am disabled from the state of New York and always live on $600 a month

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