By Mary Hunt
You've probably noticed over the past few years that your electricity bill has been creeping slowly upward. Not great news, especially in this economy. But don't turn off your air conditioner just yet. By making a few adjustments, you can slash your electricity costs without drastically changing your lifestyle. (Really.)
First, the technical stuff: The way you are charged for electricity is by cents per kilowatt hour. The average cost varies by state: from about 7¢ on the low end to a whopping 26¢ on the high end.
Since it's measured in pennies, it must be a bargain, right? Wrong. You can rack up hundreds of kilowatt hours in a single month. It happens fast when computers, TVs and other energyhungry devices run continuously; when inefficient appliances overstay their welcome; and when air conditioners are set to keep homes cooler than a florist's fridge.
Go look at your electric bill-you'll be shocked at how many kilowatt hours you're using. Now stop theRead More »from 23 Ways to Slash Your Energy Bill