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Are there products available to help lower my electric bill?

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Living Areas | 0 comments October 21st, 2014

There are many products available to help you manage and lower your electric bill. Here are three suggestions: Plug-in meter (also called a kilowatt meter). These devices are very simple to use. The best type for the average person plugs directly into the wall socket. Devices are then plugged into the meter and it records exactly how much power the device draws. Although the meter will not directly save money it makes you aware of the worst culprits for energy use in your home so you can use these items sparingly. Most people are surprised when they realize how...

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What Techniques Can I Use to Lower My Electric Bill?

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Living Areas | 0 comments September 16th, 2014

Energy saving bulbs. One of the simplest and cheapest ways to save power in the average household is to replace all the regular (incandescent) light bulbs with energy saving CFL (compact fluorescent light) type bulbs.   Unplug appliances when not in use. Many modern appliances, audiovisual products and computers and related devices do not fully switch off when not in use. Mostly they go into a standby mode and are still drawing small amounts of power. A lot of devices drawing a small amount of power each can add up to a lot of power over time. The basic...

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Turn Your Home into a Work of Art with Mosaic Tiles

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Living Areas | 0 comments September 2nd, 2014

Mosaic tiles have a long history. The art of embedding pieces of hand-cut tile, foil-backed glass and stone in a bed of mortar goes back to the days of the ancient Romans. Because producing these works of art was so labor-intensive, mosaics were exclusive to the homes of the very wealthy or for public spaces. Mosaic tiles are still hugely popular. Thanks to technological advances, machines do most of the work today. Small pieces of tile, natural stone and colorful glass are cut and attached to a mesh backing for easy installation. Mosaic borders or insets can be used...

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Can I lower my electric bill and help the environment at the same time?

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Living Areas | 0 comments July 21st, 2014

There is a perception out there that reducing pollution is always a costly exercise. However, there are some practical things that you as an ordinary member of society and an average household can do to reduce pollution and reduce the size of one of your regular bills at the same time. Many people ask the question “How can I lower my electric bill?” Well, the answer is actually very simple. Cut your energy consumption and not only will your bill be reduced but you will be helping the environment at the same...

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