My sources keep sharing out-of-the-box ideas on how to trim that utility bill. Here are a few that raised MY eye-brows -- because together with a few lifestyle changes, my sources say they can save you up to $2,000 a year on your utility bills!
* A CERAMIC SPACE HEATER. Set your thermostat as low as 60 or 55 degrees during the winter and get a good ceramic space heater for between $60 and $80 at a home improvement store. Ceramic heaters heat up fast, but their housings stay cool ...less of a fire hazard. Use it in the room where you sleep. Our sources says you could save between $500 and $1,500 a year.
* REPLACE REFRIGERATORS 15 YEARS OLD OR OLDER, especially if they have through-the-door ice and water dispensers. Those guzzle energy! John Krigger, an environmental consultant with Saturn Resource Management in Helena, MT, says the new, high-efficiency refrigerators can save you about $80 a year.
* REPLACE YOUR DRYER'S PLASTIC VENT DUCT WITH A METAL ONE. The metal ones create less resistance to air flow for more efficient drying. That'll save $40 a year.
* USE COMPACT FLUORESCENT BULBS, NOT INCANDESCENT BULBS. That's a $20 to $150 savings depending on how many you use.
November 2008, the Action News 5 Investigators and MLGW scoured the Cordova home of Jean McGhee. We helped her do little things, like unplugging her plasma TV and computer when she wasn't using them and turning her water heater down from 150 to 120 degrees.
When all was said and done, she started saving almost $40 a MONTH with the minor adjustments WE taught her! Here's a link to her story about her 'Vampire Appliances':