Better brings you some expert tips on cutting back your electric bills and conserve energy in an efficient manner.
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Cut Back on Electric Bills Audra Lowe: The average American household spends over $1300.00 a year and that’s just an electricity bills so if you fall in to that category you think there’s nothing can do about it. Think again and that’s because Neil Wertheimer is here. He’s the editor in chief of Fresh Home Magazine it’s got some very unique and interesting tips that will save you at least $500.00 on your next electric bill next year. You look in the head right? Neil Wertheimer: Absolutely. Audra Lowe: Welcome back Neil good to see you. Neil Wertheimer: Thank you. Audra Lowe: I didn’t know 75% of our billed typically comes from things that are turned off right, not we were using per day. Neil Wertheimer: If its plug in to the wall, chances are it’s pulling power. So the solution to that is to get a strip like this, a power strip with a on off so you put your computers and your printers and all your gear in there and when you’re not using them you turn it off and that’s going to save you a lot of energy. Audra Lowe: Completely shuts it down to the right. Neil Wertheimer: That’s right. Audra Lowe: You know I realize clocks everything else is still going overnight so it adds up. Neil Wertheimer: That’s right and another great tip is on the look and with lying we know the change or a light bulbs but now there are so many difference which is with dimmers and with a dimmer and now if your watching tv , if you’re eating breakfast you can catch your electricity to your iPod by 50%. Audra Lowe: Wow to pay dimmer, okay. Neil Wertheimer: Just buy dimmer. Audra Lowe: Then this look good, it saves money too, now the heating and the cooling, in this summer, in the winter, air is going in and out of the windows and you got a really great trick to see if you got any kind of openings there. Neil Wertheimer: Oh absolutely. Heating is going to use so much energy so the way to make sure you don’t have draft is to take an instance that can light it and the small kit there’s no wind if there’s not draft we’ll go up straight. It will identify a draft better than anything that helps— Audra Lowe: Better, better than your husband or your wife going, yeah I feel something here. It’s a lot better. All right you got the coffeemaker here, I know that your wife is probably not too happy because you brought that in the kitchen right but, it‘s because there is tips to save money. Neil Wertheimer: Oh in the kitchen we waste so much electricity and a coffeemaker is a great example when you have a graph like this it’s insulated the coffee pours directly into it and then it turns off and it stays hot for 24 hours. So that usually you live on the burner for an hour it burns, it taste bad or it becomes cold and you microwave that, it’s all the waste getting coffeemaker with a craft and it works perfectly. Audra Lowe: I like that. Okay now let’s talk about keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It’s the insulation thing got a big one here. Neil Wertheimer: Well this is really important most people of your children even when you’re walking there’s like a sonar. It’s too hot it’s because your letting all these energy being wasted, this here is an insulation kit for a water heater. It costs believe it or not only about $20.00, it’s everything you need to insulate your water heater, to keep all the heat in, in hitting water and it takes a lot of heat to make 50 gallons hot for your showers. Audra Lowe: And there’s 20 box and then this is also for the pipes right? Neil Wertheimer: That’s right; pipes if they are left unexposed will radiate lot’s of heat too. So you put your hot water pipes, you’ve put the start of casing around it and you stop wasting. Audra Lowe: You’re saving us a lot of money every single type that you come by here, thank you very much. Neil Wertheimer: It’s fun. Audra Lowe: Thank you for that to be here doing. If you guys wanted to get other great money, saving tips you can pick up a copy of Fresh Home Magazine it’s available no