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Busting power wasters – 5 tips that save power and won’t cost you

You may think you know what it takes to keep your energy costs down, but we’re here to help you really understand how you use – and lose – energy.

1. Turn off your electronics to stop them from using energy

Electrical items left plugged in use standby power, which can account for up to 10% of a household’s annual electricity use. By unplugging electronics and small appliances can save you up to $50 a year.

2. Smaller appliances means bigger savings

A microwave can cook food much faster than an oven; in fact, a microwave will take 15 minutes to do the same job that takes an hour in an oven. By switching to the microwave four times a week, you can see savings of up to $13 a year. Try this trick with a crock pot or toaster oven, too.

3. Bigger can be better when it comes to doing laundry

Running full loads of laundry uses less energy, even if you’re already using cold water. By eliminating just one load of laundry a week, using fuller loads, you can save $30 over a year. Save even more by skipping the dryer and hanging clothes to dry - air drying four to eight loads of laundry each week can put $45 a year back in your pocket.

4. Save money with a shorter shower

Because many homes use electricity to heat water, a long, hot shower can really cost you. If two people in your home cut their shower time by a minute each, you could save $30 over a year.

5. Fix that leaky faucet

If your tap is leaky, it could potentially be dripping hot water, which is using precious power to heat.

Put these tips into action around your home and see how much you can save.