(WWLP) - In these tough economic times, every penny counts. 22News isWorking for You with ways to save on your electric bill.
Everyone knows to turn the lights off when you leave a roomand to only run an air conditioner when you're at home -- but thereare a few lesser known tips that may reduce the amount of moneyyou're spending on power.
Here are some tips from the U.S. Department of Energy:
• Hand wash and dry dishes instead of using yourdishwasher
• Dry multiple loads of laundry in a row so the machinedoesn't have to heat up again and again
• Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120degrees Fahrenheit
• Install motion sensors or solar cells on outdoorlights so they don't stay on
Some people 22News spoke with say they’re doingeverything they can to save a few bucks.
“I tried to switch over to Energy Saverappliances,” James Burgos of Springfield said. “I tryto not run the AC as long and I tried to switch all my bulbsover.”
The Department of Energy also suggests drawing shades on thesunny side of the house on hot summer days.