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How to Save on the Biggest Electricity Costs in Your Home

While it’s certainly a good idea to invest in long-term solutions such as energy-efficient appliances and regular tune-ups, what’s the best way to start saving immediately?

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s rankings for estimated consumption in American homes for 2014, the top three uses of electricity were space cooling, lighting and water heating.

Here are three ways you can cut costs in those areas:

Turn your thermostat up, even if it’s just a couple of degrees.

According to energy.gov, changing your temperature setting by 7-10 degrees for eight hours a day can save you as much as 10 percent per year. Keep your family and pets comfortable, of course, but small changes can make a big difference.

And it’s even easier to manage your home’s temperature settings with a Nest Learning Thermostat™. Nest learns the temperatures you like and builds a personalized schedule for your home. Learn more here!

Turn off lights when you’re out of the room.

Always switch off the lights before leaving a room if you have incandescent bulbs. If your home has CFLS or fluorescent bulbs, leave them on if you will be back within 15 minutes. Turning off these types of light bulbs repeatedly can reduce their lifespan by as much as 85 percent.

Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees.

Data from energy.gov shows you can save 3–5 percent on water heating costs for every 10 degrees you reduce the temperature.

Water heating can account for around 12 percent of a home’s utility bill, so try a lower setting to find out how much you can save.

How do you manage costs in these three areas? Let us know in the comments!

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