Improve Your Electric Bill

The Edison Electric Institute has published More than 100 ways to improve your electric bill. Here are a few of their ideas:

Cooling

Air conditioners vary considerably in efficiency and in the amount of energy used. Therefore, select equipment based on its federal energy effi­ciency rating. For window units, this rating is the Energy Efficiency Ratio, or EER. New standards for room air condition­ers went into effect on October 1, 2000. For many types of room air conditioners, the minimum EER is 9.0 or 9.7. As a general rule, an EER of 11 or more is excellent.

Televisions
The average plasma TV uses about 339 watts, while an average LCD TV uses 211 watts. If the TV is used for 3 hours per day, the plasma TV will use about 371 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year and cost about $39.34 to operate, while the LCD TV will use about 231 kWh per year and cost about $24.49 to operate (based on a national average cost of 10.6 cents per kWh).

We are all looking for ways to pinch pennies these days, and this list is a great start.

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