10 Ways to Save Money and Energy this Winter

Submitted by Natalie M., Sprout Contributor

Did you know that PA electricity bills are going up?

For the past 14 years, Pennsylvania has capped electricity costs, but starting in 2011, the rate caps will expire, and the cost of electricity is expected to rise sharply. Customers will see much higher bills, and everyone should start now to find ways to save energy in order to reduce electricity bills.

Electricity costs are scheduled to go up again on April 1st, 2011.

Following is a list of 10 ways to save money on electricity:

  • Replace light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs, compact fluorescents or super-efficient LED bulbs
  • Put lamps in the corner to reflect off of two walls
  • Turn off lights, televisions, and other entertainment devices when they are not being used
  • Use a plain black screen for a screen saver instead of something animated
  • Use a clothesline or laundry rack instead of a dryer
  • Cook many items at the same time when the oven is already hot- and don’t keep opening the oven door, every time you do, the oven loses about 70 degrees
  • Vacuum the condenser coils in the back of your refrigerator- accumulated dust reduces the efficiency up to 25%
  • Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator, which helps to keep the unit cool
  • Do not put uncovered liquids into the refrigerator, the evaporation makes the refrigerator have to work harder
  • Beware of “vampires”- appliances that keep sucking up electricity even when they are not in use: clock displays, panel displays, cell phone and MP3 chargers, and “standby” mode. The solution? Plug them into a power strip!