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Electricity

  1. To save as much as hundreds of dollars a year on electricity, make certain that any new appliances you purchase, especially air conditioners and furnaces, are energy-efficient. Information on the energy efficiency of major appliances is found on Energy Guide Labels required by federal law.
  2. Enrolling in load management programs and off-hour rate programs offered by your electric utility may save you up to $100 a year in electricity costs. Call your electric utility for information about these cost-saving programs.

Home Heating

  1. A home energy audit can identify ways to save up to hundreds of dollars a year on home heating (and air conditioning). Ask your electric or gas utility if they can do this audit for free or for a reasonable charge. If they cannot, ask them to refer you to a qualified professional.

Local Telephone Service

  1. Check with your phone company to see whether a flat rate or measured service plan will save you the most money.
  2. You will usually save money by buying your phones instead of leasing them.
  3. Check your local phone bill to see if you have optional services that you don't really need or use. Each option you drop could save you $40 or more each year.

Long Distance Telephone Service

  1. Long distance calls made during evenings, at night, or on weekends can cost significantly less than weekday calls.
  2. If you make more than a few long distance calls each month, consider subscribing to a calling plan. Call several long distance companies to see which one has the least expensive plan for the calls you make.
  3. Whenever possible, dial your long distance calls directly. Using the operator to complete a call can cost you an extra $6.

(Information provided by Consumer Literacy Consortium)

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