10 Ways to Keep Electric Costs Down

1. Install sunscreens on all windows that get any kind of direct sun starting in late morning through to sunset
2. Use a programmable thermostat to run on a warmer schedule during the day when the house may be empty
3. Install ceiling fans in all bedrooms and living areas, but watch for recessed ceiling lighting which will cause a strobe effect
4. Swap out all standard incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)
5. Check with your electric company about various rate plans based on time-of-day use and amount of energy needed
6. Run your pool filter at night or whenever your electric rate plan is cheapest
7. Consider solar energy, which is more affordable than ever with government tax credits and electric company incentives
8. Plant shade trees near your house and windows to provide natural light filtering
9. Keep all plantation shutters, blinds and curtains closed in rooms that are unused during the day
10. Update your appliances to energy efficient models, which often pay for themselves over their lifetime with electricity savings

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