Ways to Save on Electricity Costs

4 Simple Ways to Save on Electricity Costs at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Laura

Electricity bills constitute a large part of your utility bills. If you’re like our household, electricity costs can go higher than water, gas, and other utilities combined. After all, we need electricity for our air conditioning, lighting, appliances, and electronic devices. And besides our extreme reliance on electricity, the prices are going up.

According to the US Energy Information Administration, residential electricity prices are on the rise. In fact, compared to last year there has been a 3.2% increase on average. As many people across the country are facing higher electric bills, there are some simple ways to save on electricity costs and be more energy-conscious.

Switch to Energy-Efficient Lights.

Patrick Harders, owner of Enlightened Lighting, is a lighting contractor who has noticed the increase in residential electric rates and shares that putting some simple energy-savings steps into place can help you save a lot of money. He suggests a switch from incandescent and halogen to LED’s.

Technological advancements in light sources have made lighting options more energy efficient than ever before, plus more affordable. LED’s are extremely energy-efficient, even more than CFL’s. By switching out your interior and exterior light bulbs for more energy-efficient LED’s, you can lower your electric bill.

Manage Your Fridge/Freezer.

Did you know that of all the appliances in your kitchen, your refrigerator/freezer uses the most electricity? Make sure you are taking steps to conserve energy by not keeping the refrigerator door open for long. You do not want cold air to escape, which will mean increased energy costs to maintain. You will also want to make sure that the door seal is working properly and preventing cold air from leaking out. If not, you may need to replace or adjust the seal. You will definitely want to find out how much energy your freezer uses so you can determine if your fridge or freezer should be replaced with a more energy-efficient one.

Check Your Insulation.

As we approach the winter months, you will likely notice an increase in your electric bill thanks to heating costs. You want to make sure that your home is well insulated so that heat doesn’t escape through poorly insulated walls, floors, or attics. You should also look to seal cracks and stop significant air leaks in your home.

Get Energy-Efficient Appliances.

When shopping for new appliances, you should check the EnergyGuide labels, which share the annual operating cost and efficiency ratings of the appliance. Buy the most energy-efficient model you can to lower your energy costs.

In Virginia, EnergyStar and Water Sense qualified products can be purchased tax-free during the state’s October sales tax holiday during early October. Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, and Texas offer similar tax-free holidays during other times of the year, so be sure to check your state’s department of taxation website for more information.

Use these tips to cut bring down your electric bill, conserve energy, and use more energy-efficient products. Save money and save energy by being an informed consumer and making smart, energy-conscious decisions that will cut your utilities bill despite the increasing electricity rates.

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 10/24 – 10/26

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

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National Activities:

American Girl: October In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) This month they include the Project Runway Inspired by BeForever™ tour, BeForever Postcard Craft, Acorn Pouch Craft, Paper Pumpkin Craft, and more.

Barnes and Noble: Now through October 26th kids can enjoy a hands on event. Building and Modeling with Zoob is designed for ages 4-7. Check online for select stores.

Bass Pro Shops:  Through the month of October they will be offering all sorts of free classes ranging from archery to fly fishing. Contact your local store for their schedule.

Also, now through the 31st they are holding their Great Pumpkin Free Event. The event includes a scavenger hunt, crafts and a free photo. Check their webpage for additional details.

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, October 25th: 10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools
  • Saturday, October 25th: 10:15 AM – Group Guitar Lesson

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, October 25th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take Spooky Sweet Holder.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, October 25th at 9:30 AM ~ Junior Chefs will learn seasonal cookie decorating! Check the webpage for additional details and make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

Local Activities:

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VOYA Financial Offers $500 Mutual Fund to Babies Born on October 20, 2014

Did you, or someone you know, welcome a new baby on October 20, 2014?

VOYA 500 mutual fund investment

If so, congratulations! That bundle of joy may be eligible to receive a $500 mutual fund investment as a head start on their retirement savings from Voya Financial™. Start planning for their financial future today.

With the Born to Save program, VOYA is celebrating National Save for Retirement Week, by giving babies born on October 20th a $500 mutual fund investment.

To learn more visit the Born to Save page

Share with friends and family to help spread the word!


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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 10/17 – 10/19

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

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National Activities:

American Girl: October In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) This month they include the Project Runway Inspired by BeForever™ tour, BeForever Postcard Craft, Decorate a Halloween Haunted House, Acorn Pouch Craft, Paper Pumpkin Craft, and more.

Barnes and Noble: Now through October 26th kids can enjoy a hands on event. Building and Modeling with Zoob is designed for ages 4-7. Check online for select stores.

Bass Pro Shops:  Through the month of October they will be offering all sorts of free classes ranging from archery to fly fishing. Contact your local store for their schedule.

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, October 18th: 10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools
  • Saturday, October 18th: 10:15 AM – Group Ukulele Lesson

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, October 18th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take Bunny Reader Bookmarks.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, October 18th at 9:30 AM ~ Junior Chefs will learn how to make Pumpkin Treats for the whole family to enjoy! Make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

Local Activities:

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