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Saving on the Gas/Electricity Bill during Winter 

 1) People generally associate ceiling fans with summers but the truth is that the ceiling fan can also be used very efficiently during winter months for heating purposes. .

2) We all know that hot air rises so we all can also agree that a similar process takes place in a room. There’s a lot of wasted warm air sitting in the upper part of a room, particularly if you have high ceilings. 

 3) Fans are normally set to run counter clockwise to circulate cool air in the summer. For winter reverse that so it runs clockwise at a very low speed and brings all the warm air down without creating a draft. 

 4) You should be able to turn your thermostat down a couple of degrees with this. 

  Save on Electricity by Unplugging your un-used electronics and gadgets 

 1) Electrical appliances and gadget use energy when they’re plugged in, even if they are not turned on. One way to offset some of the expense is to unplug items when they are not being used because they can contribute a significant amount to your electric bill each month 

 2) Some of the gadgets and electronics that we usually leave plugged in are as follows ; · Cell Phones – Unplug them as soon as they are charged. Leaving them plugged in even after the battery is 100% charged is consuming energy. · Televisions – You can have several TV’s at home and all of them plugged in at all times consume a lot of energy · Computers – unplug your computers/laptops when not in use or at least hibernate them to save on electricity · Printers – unplug them when not in use. · DVD players – unplug them when not in use with the exception of it being used as a clock too. · Gaming Systems – They consume a lot of energy · Rechargeable batteries/cameras – immediately remove them when the battery is charged because it saves on electricity + over charging can kill the battery sooner than it should. 

  Saving Water in the bathroom 

 1) People are use to having running water while brushing their teeth and since this is not an easy habit to give up on, especially with little kids at home, follow this little tip to save on water usage. 

 2) A simple way to reduce water use in bathrooms is to partially close the valve on the pipe leading to the sink. You’ll still have plenty of water for washing up or brushing your teeth.
Florida2Texas posted Feb 06, 2012

thanks for the great tips!

nimrodboy3 (rep: 68.2k) posted Feb 06, 2012


Thanks for sharing esp regarding the fans. Now I know the purpose of the reverse function of my fan.

barang_square (rep: 630) posted Feb 07, 2012


You are very welcome - nimrodboy3 and barang_square :)

Florida2Texas (rep: 15.1k) posted Feb 07, 2012


I did some unplugging of a tv and dvd player we never use. Good tips!

branie (rep: 127k) posted Feb 07, 2012


Awesome! Yes, i always unplug my phone when it is fully charged. I am very anal about that because I'd hate to run out of battery during a real emergency. Thanks Florida!

gangstabarbie (rep: 20.9k) posted Feb 07, 2012


Great Tips - a lot of things I never even thought of! Now to save some money - so I can have more to spend on the Great Deals on DP! :)

FibroMom (rep: 242k) posted Feb 07, 2012