Smart Energy Tips

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Five home energy hogs

Dear Pat and Brad: Our family has been trying to reduce our monthly expenses. The other day, my sister-in-law and I compared our electric bills. I was surprised to find out her energy costs were significantly lower than mine, even though our homes are similar in size and built around…

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Low-cost energy tips for renters 

Dear Pat: It’s great to read about all the ways energy efficiency improvements to the home can save money, but what about folks like me who are renting or don’t have a lot of money to spend? Are there things I can do to reduce my energy bills? – Chelsea…

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Small heaters can lead to bigger bills

  During winter, for many of us, comfort at home means heat. When central heating is unavailable or inadequate, consumers often turn to space heaters for additional warmth. Experts warn their widespread use, over extended periods, can boost winter heating bills. “In some cases, small space heaters can be less expensive…

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Efficient holiday lighting options

It’s a shame that holiday lighting can lead to higher energy bills, but the good news is, there are strategies that can save you money without dampening your holiday spirit! One of the best ways to save energy is LED lights, which use about 80 percent less energy than incandescent…