You use LED lightbulbs. You have Energy Star appliances. What else can be done to trim your electricity bill? Choose devices that mind your energy consumption for you! Considering the following five ways to start saving oil, gas, kilowatts -- and, of course, money.
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Optimize Your Heat and Central Air-Conditioning
Investing in a programmable thermostat that adjusts the temperature according to your daily schedule can translate into big savings since you won't be wasting money on climate control when you're not at home. "Heating and cooling usually make up about 50 percent of a home's energy costs, says Merrilee Harrigan, senior education adviser at Alliance to Save Energy, in Washington, D.C.
TRY: a smart thermostat, like Nest's innovative version, which tracks your daily routine and programs itself! Learning thermostat, $249, homedepot.com
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Fight "Vampire Power" Drain
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