Top 5 ways to reduce your bill

There are many simple ways to save money by conserving energy.  Here are the top five ways:

#5 - Lighting: Turn your lights off when you leave a room; Change your incandescent (filament type) bulbs to Compact Fluorescent or LED bulbs.

 #4 – Water Pump and Heater: Lower the thermostat on your water heater - water heaters sometimes come from the factory with high temperature settings, but a setting of 120°F provides comfortable hot water for most uses; Switch to cold water when washing your laundry; Wait until you have a large load before washing your laundry; Take five-minute showers instead of baths;  Install low flow showerheads and sink aerators to reduce hot water use.

 #3 – Technology: Desktop computers, monitors and printers are power hungry devices and should be turned off when not in use;  When you shut down your computer, don’t forget to turn off the monitor - it can use more energy than the computer! Unplug the power supply for your cellphone chargers, routers, game consoles and modems when not in use;  Consider a laptop computer over a traditional desktop – laptops use less energy.

#2 – Your Refrigerator: Make sure that your refrigerator door seal is in good condition, and the temperature is not set too low; Think about what you need before opening the refrigerator door and avoid making too many trips to the refrigerator; Locate your refrigerator away from the stove and other heat sources - by being next to those items, your refrigerator is working harder and consuming more electricity.

 #1 – Air Conditioning: Keep you’re a/c compressor away from the sun - an a/c compressor in the shade uses as much as 10 percent less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.  Is your bedroom air-conditioned? Use a fan or have your windows screened and use the natural outside air instead!