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Tips to reduce power consumption and save money

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YAKIMA, Wash  -- If you're wondering how you're going to afford higher power bills here are some tips  to save you money.    

  • Turn off the lights when not in use.
  • Turn off your printer or computer when your not using them.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights. Fluorescent cost slightly more but last seven times longer and use 1/4 the amount of electricity. They pay for themselves in less than a year.
  • Use a smaller appliance to get the job done (i.e. Toaster oven, microwave, or slow cooker instead of conventional oven).
  • When using electric stoves, turn burners off a few minutes before the end of cooking time and allow the residual heat to finish the cooking.
  • Keep burner reflectors clean to maximize efficiency.
  • Keep lids on pans to cook food more quickly.
  • Don't preheat the oven except for baking.
  • Use glass or ceramic cookware instead of metal and lower oven temperature by 25 degrees f refrigerator / freezer.
  • Clean the cooling coils in the back once or twice a year.
  • Keep freezer at least moderately full to increase efficiency heating / cooling.
  • Reduce thermostat in winter and increase in summer - you save 6 - 8% off the heating or cooling part of your bill for every degree, and the us doe says that heating bills account for approximately 44% of the average family's electric bill.
  • Clean air filter for AC unit monthly when in use washer / dryer.
  • Wash and rinse in cold water to save on heating costs.
  • Use dryer's feature to sense when clothes are dry to avoid over drying.