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Reduce Utility Bills

December 3, 2008

Save Electricity When Charging Batteries

Filed under: Electricity, Phone — Jan @ 9:07 pm

Almost everyone has a cell phone that needs charging. In addition, many people also charge the following batteries:

  • Toy batteries
  • Laptop batteries
  • AA, AAA, and other batteries
  • Remote control vehicles

Most of the time batteries are charged over night or for days because they got forgotten on the charger. Reading the directions or experimenting on your own, find out how long a battery needs before reaching full charge. Invest in a timer. Plug the charger into the timer and set the timer so that it will turn off when the allotted time passes. In the morning get in the habit of unplugging any items that aren’t being used before heading off to work.

May 7, 2008

4 Super Simple Ways to Reduce Utility Bills

Filed under: Water, Electricity, Natural Gas, Phone, Helpful Hints — Jan @ 4:48 pm

There are a few super simple ways to save on your utility bills that will have a bonus savings in other areas.

  1. Reduce amount of shampoo and conditioner. Using the right amount of shampoo and conditioner will reduce the amount of water and the amount of energy used to heat the water in the shower. Excess shampoo and conditioner will take longer to rinse, especially if you have long or thick hair. Higher priced brands are usually less concentrated so you can use less per shower.
  2. Minimize hand washing. Using hand disinfectants (especially the ones with lotion that don’t dry) will be less expensive than running and heating water. Regular towels and paper towels are not needed for drying either so that reduces laundry and paper waste (bad for the environment).
  3. Know your employee benefits and any discounts that come with it. (Wal-Mart employees get discounts on selected cell phone service each month). If your company matches any contributions, participate and take that free money to use for paying utility bills.
  4. Diet. If you need to loose weight, less weight in the car will save money on gas and wear and tear on the vehicle. Changing your diet to include a fresh food night that requires no cooking and no driving to fast food will benefit your health, your environment, and reduce the utility bill (and your gas bill).

September 11, 2007

Read Before You Charge

Filed under: Electricity, Phone — Jan @ 10:30 am

Cell phone batteries can be easily fooled. If you always charge it when it is 1/2 way down, then it will think that it is needs to be recharged when it is near 1/2 way down. This will cause added electrical use because it will be charged more frequently. It may also give you the false impression that your battery doesn’t hold a charge.

To “reset” the battery, when it shows you need to recharge your battery, turn yourphone off for a few seconds and turn back on. See if it changes the battery charge indicator position. Also, when you are home and can easily plug in your phone, use the phone until your battery is nearly dead. Having a second battery that is available and fully charged will prevent charging when it’s not needed “just to be safe”

Reminder-unplug the charger when not in use! Anything that is plugged in will draw some electricity. Individual items may not draw much alone, but combine it with all the items in your home, it can add up.

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