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10 Useless Ways To Reduce Your Electricity Bill Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 04 August 2005
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As summer rolls into full swing here in Phoenix Arizona one of the biggest issues for home owners is their electricity bill. The scorching outside temperatures force air conditioning units to work overtime to keep the insides of homes habitable. It's not unheard of for home electricity bills to be over $400 per month during this time of the year. Naturally this prompts a consciencious homeowner to try to lower their bill. Below I've described 10 mostly useless ways that one can lower their monthly payout.
#1 Charge your cell phone at work
Instead of charging your cell phone at home take your charger to work and charge it there. This tip doesn't actually save energy it just saves you money by having your employer pay for the electricity. My phone charger takes approximately 0.005 kilowatts to charge my phone. Assuming that you charge your phone every day this little tip adds up to a savings of almost 1 cent per month. If I also charge my iPod and other devices at work I can multiply this savings significantly.
#2 Take a shower in the dark
Most of us take a morning shower as a part of our normal get-ready-for-the-day routine. This cost-saving tip is simple. Leave the light off while you take that shower. You should be able to get yourself clean without having to see your body in full light. The really adventurous can extend this concept to include other portions of the morning routine. While you could probably brush your teeth, put on deodorant, and get dressed without extra light I don't recommend shaving in the dark. In my bathroom we have 8 50 watt lightbulbs. If I am able to keep the bathroom lights off for an addition 15 minutes (during the shower and dressing) then that saves me about 0.1 kilowatts of electricity. This equates to a 0.5 cent savings each morning I do this. Over the course of a month this adds up to a 15 cent savings!
#3 Use a carpet sweeper instead of vacuum cleaner
Vacuum cleaners are a great way to keep your carpets clean but at the expense of using a large amount of electricity. Instead of using your powered vacuum to pick up the dirt and debris on your carpet use a carpet sweeper. The carpet sweepers don't require any electricity to use so they become a great cost savings device. Assuming it takes about 30 minutes of vacuuming to completely clean your house and assuming you use do this cleaning 15 times per month, you can save about 50 cents each month.

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