Save Money On Your Energy Bill

Posted on March 17th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

clothesline with text

If your electricity bill looks anything like ours, this month is your favorite of the year. Spring has arrived in our neck of the woods. So, when I looked at this month’s bill, I knew that we would begin to see both the temperature and the electricity bill rise as summer sets in soon. We have already had to run our air conditioner this week and I’m sitting under a fan even as I write this. There has to be a way to cut energy costs, right?

There are a couple of things to consider as we approach the higher temperatures and the higher electricity bills of the summer months.

1. Insulate. Insulate. Insulate. Check and double check your insulation. Your heating and air conditioning system is your most biggest culprit of energy costs. So, be sure to check your insulation, look for cracks in your windows and doors. Seal any area that may be allowing heat out in the cold and allowing hot air in when it is hot outside. Don’t throw away your cash.

2. Consider a clothesline. Next to your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC), your washer and dryer are the next big offenders when it comes to energy costs. A few years ago, our dryer died. Yes, it was a very sad day. For various reasons, we delayed purchasing a new one for a few months. So, my husband just put up a line for us to use to dry clothes. It’s amazing the amount of money we saved on our energy bill. We have a dryer now. However, this weekend, my husband moved the line over for greater efficiency. I plan to start using it again, not because we don’t have a dryer but because it’s a great way to save money!

What else do  you do to save money on electricity in the summer months?


Saving On Your Energy Bill During The Holidays

Posted on December 4th, 2014 by Discount Debbie

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Last week, our family took a drive to look at some Christmas decorations in the area. We found one home that had probably the largest, most elaborate (and beautiful) display I think I’ve ever seen. One of my first thoughts was wondering what that family’s electricity bill looked like for the month of December. My next thought was that even though we don’t put up lights to attract neighbors to come stand outside our house, we do use more electricity.

So here are a few tips to help keep that electricity bill in check while you participate in the festivities of the holiday season.

1. Use LED lights. Did you know that LED lights use 90% less electricity than do regular Christmas lights? It’s worth making the switch.

2. Limit the time your lights are on. The goal is to have them on for six hours or less. So, turn them on when it gets dark and off when you head for bed.

3. Maximize the lights you have. Unless you’re reading or need more lighting, use your tree lights and turn off all the other lighting in your living room. I like doing that because it’s pretty and festive, plus it saves energy.

4. Turn the lights off when you leave a room. My parents taught me this one! And, I have done this religiously throughout my life, as a result. But you know how difficult this is when you have children? They leave the lights on all the time, even during the day! So, I’ve added, “Did you turn the lights off?” to the list of questions I ask after, “Did you flush?” It would be funny if it weren’t so real. In any case, we are getting much better at that now.

What do you do to save on your energy bill at this time of the year?



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