In today's economy, who doesn’t want to save a few extra dollars? This article is intended to show you some ways that you can save some money every month very easily. Some of these you may already know, but hopefully you will learn something new, and save in the process.
Become a Vampire
You don't have to go around biting people, but it would be a good idea to keep the drapes closed. When the drapes are open during the day in the summertime a greenhouse effect happens as the sun comes through the windows. This raises the temperature, and makes it harder for your air conditioning unit to do its job. Alternately, during the winter months, closing the drapes at night can help trap some of the heat from escaping.
Change your light bulbs
It only takes one person in this case. If you are still using incandescent bulbs, try switching them out for compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFL's. The switch could save you a little money every year. CFL's consume 66% less energy than incandescent, and last about ten times longer. It can be expensive to get all of them at once, so if you buy a little at a time start with the rooms that you use the most.
Filling the Fridge
Keeping the refrigerator full not only keeps your food more evenly cooled, but also makes it run more efficiently. The freezer can be packed solid, if you have any open spots, try filling it with extra ice or frozen vegetables. The packages can be conformed to the holes and the vegetables can last up to six months. If the power goes out, the freezer will remain cold longer when it is filled to the brim. The fridge needs to be full also, but try and leave a little breathing room so you can get to the hard to reach items in the back, while at the same time allowing a little breathing room for the cold air to circulate in. Having the fridge full limits the fluctuation of temperature from opening the door or adding room temperature items. This means that the refrigerator will not have to work as hard, and saving you some money in the process. So for all you bachelors out there, only having a bottle of ketchup, leftover pizza, and six-pack of beer in the fridge is just not going to cut it, the power bill that is.
All you hear about anymore is going wireless. I am not talking about phones or internet though, I am talking about power cords. If you are not using it, unplug it. Even though you may turn off an appliance, it is still draining a little bit of energy all the time. If you have multiple electronics in one area, try keeping them on a power strip so they can all be unplugged easily. This method is not always convenient though, but doing it every time you leave for a weekend or vacation will make a difference. At the very least turn appliances off. A computer running 24/7 can cost you around $200 dollars a year in energy bills.
So there you have it, 4 easy ways to help save some energy and money. These are all methods we could all apply with very little effort on our part. Even if you just try one of these you will be saving. So whether you decide to become a vampire who keeps the fridge stocked, or a wireless guru who tells light bulb jokes, you are going to have a few extra dollars at the end of the year.