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72 ways to save on electricity

You've heard 'Turn off the lights!' before, but when's the last time you cleaned your fridge's coils?

By MSN Money producer Nov 12, 2009 4:34PM
If you're looking for ways to cut your electricity bill, Fred Schebesta at My Next Buck shares 72 ways you can reduce your consumption.

With a list that long, there's bound to be some redundancy. A big chunk is ideas we've all heard before: Turn off lights and appliances you're not using and unplug "vampire" electronic devices. But despite the number of no-brainer solutions, several gems caught our eyes:
  • Use lighter colors when painting indoors to better reflect ambient light.
  • Don't place a refrigerator next to a stove.
  • Remove a light bulb from your garage-door opener.
  • Check to make sure temperature settings on your freezer and fridge are not set too low.
  • Try a light-free day once a week, and make it a game with your family. This will work better in the summer, and be careful you don't spend more money on candles than you save on electricity.
  • Don't use the wrinkle shield on your dryer, check your lint trap and untangle waded garments. Better yet, use a clothesline or rack dryer.
  • Free cooling passages inside your fridge and freezer, and make sure you regularly clean your coils.
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