Easy Tricks to Cut Your Energy Bill

1. Heat food in your toaster oven - it uses up to 50 percent less energy than a full-size oven.

2. Store refrigerated food and beverages in closed containers; if left uncovered, they release moisture and overburden the appliance's compressor.

3. Choose an Energy Star-compliant computer, which uses 70 percent less electricity than a nondesignated model.

4. Place lamps and TVs far away from thermostats so the heat given off doesn't cause air-conditioning systems to run longer than they need to.

5. Don't believe the screen-saver myth. Computer screen savers don't cut energy use! Enable the auto sleep mode or turn off the monitor for eco-friendly operation.

6. Opt for white window shades during warmer weather
and keep them closed during the day to reflect the sun's heat away from your house.

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