Home Energy Savings Tip

The following Best Savings Tip comes from reader, Vickie:

About a year or so ago, I decided to leave my position as an Account Manager, after 20 plus years in the health insurance business. Before leaving my job, I started looking at all the expenses we could cut out or reduce. I set up a detailed excel spreadsheet and diligently input expenses vs income, which now is just a habit.

One item we wanted to cut was our Duke Energy bill. We live in Miami Township, so we were able to join the Natural Gas Aggregation Program.

We also joined the Duke Energy Retail for Electric, and the Power Manager Program. We receive a Home Energy Comparison Report from Duke every month, so we can see how we are doing, and they also include tips on other items we can consider to help reduce our bills.

We diligently turn off lights when we leave a room, and unplug unused electronic devices from the outlet. We bump up the thermostat a few degrees in the summer, and down in the winter.

I totaled up our Duke bill for the first 7 months of this year, $1,546.99, compared to last year's first 7 months of $2,048.12. That's a $501.13 savings so far this year.

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Awesome savings! I'm not sure if they offer that in our area but I'll be looking into it now. Yet another thing to add to my list!

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