Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Money Saving Tips

You will soon be turning on the air conditioning and you will be surprised to hear how much of your energy bill will go towards that AC. You always hear about turning your thermostat a few degrees up or down to save utility money, but these tips are a little different. We have a new house, but I am still going to do the refrigerator test mentioned at the end of the story. If you have kids like me, you know they will be leaving the door open this summer. So you can probably use these tips! So glad we didn't have to use heat/air last month. My bill was $217 cheaper! Amazing! What is your electric bill like these days?

FROM ABC: Most people can save money by cutting back on their energy consumption.. But just how much can you really save? One way to find out how is through your local utility.. Many offer free energy audits. Jennifer Garcia is a stay–at–home mom with two young boys and a third baby on the way. "We need to cut costs and tighten up the belt, so I wanted to know areas where we could go through our house and save money."

She invited her local utility out for a free energy audit .
The first thing Stan Mueller notices is the old incandescent lightbulbs : "You can promote 75 per cent energy savings by replacing these lights.": Which he did immediately ...because those lights also produce heat, making jennifer's air conditioner work harder and air conditioning can account for 40 per cent of your energy bill: Stanley Mueller from Southern CA Edison said,

Having your A–C tuned up every 2–3 years is a good idea." He also recommends replacing the filters ...and sealing cracks under doors— even tiny ones like this— to keep the heat out and cold air in. "Mind if I take a quick look at it." Refrigerators are energy hogs. Cleaning the coils helps. And keeping it full means it doesn't have to work as hard to stay cool. Here's a trick: take a dollar bill— stick it in your freezer or refrigerator door.

If it doesn't stay in place when you take your hand away, it means cold air is escaping and you need new seals.
Stan's colleague plugs a watt meter into Jennifer's new TV...measuring how much it costs to run.. Gene Rodrigues, Southern California Edison "About 130 dollars a year goes to just powering this tv, if it's used all the time." "It's so easy. They come to your house, and they tell you ways to save money." And who doesnt' like that?

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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