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9 Unexpected Energy (and Money) Savers

Chances are right now you’re blasting your air conditioner at full throttle. According to the five-day forecast, you probably won’t be turning that air conditioner off for the next week. Running air conditioners is a quick way to hike up your energy bill in the summer, but there are plenty of small changes you can make in any season to help bring those bills down. Give your pocketbook and Mother Nature a break this season by taking advantage of these simple, surprising ways to save energy and money.

Put lamps in the corners: Did you know you can switch to a lower wattage bulb in a lamp or lower its dimmer switch and not lose a noticeable amount of light? It’s all about placement. When a lamp is placed in a corner, the light reflects off the adjoining walls, which makes the room lighter and brighter.

Switch to a laptop: If you’re reading this article on a laptop, you’re using 1/3 less energy than if you’re reading this on a desktop.  (more…)

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