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8 Little Things That Could Be Majorly Upping Your Electric Bill

•, Emily Co

It doesn't take that much effort to be more energy efficient, so why not learn to be more eco-friendly and shrink your electricity bill at the same time?

Before you start implementing these minor changes, be aware of these things that can be causing your energy usage to skyrocket:

Not cleaning out the lint. Make sure you always clean the lint filter after use so the dryer runs efficiently. Every six months, take the trap out and wash it with soap and water. While your clothes are drying, the lint in the trap hampers the flow of air in the heated dryer. This makes your dryer work harder and expend more energy than it needs to. Not buying a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat is a good investment because you're able to save energy by programming the thermostat to control the heating and cooling when you're away from home or asleep. There are programmable thermostats for about $35.

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