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Pay LESS For Your Next Electricity Bill

1. Reduce Heat

Use cold water to machine wash your clothes. According to LG Electronics, 'heating the water in the wash drum accounts for about 90% of the energy your machine uses.' Furthermore, cold water won't cause colors to run quite so easily and that means you don't have to separate lights and darks. On top of saving energy, using a cold wash reduces the amount of work you have to do.

Avoid using a drier, as it uses quite a bit of heat. Unfortunately, there is no way around this unless you want to air dry your clothing. 

2. Measure Your Laundry Loads

Ideally, a load of laundry should pack in as many articles of clothing as possible. While the washer can take a full load, try to leave about 25% of a drier unfilled to dry your clothes, so there's room for hot air to do its job, and you don't have to run the drier twice. 

3. Refrigerators and Freezers

Don't leave the refrigerator door open longer than necessary.Set the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer to the lowest recommended temperature. (Around 4C is fine, but anything lower will waste power.)

Keep your refrigerator away from your stove/oven and out of direct sunlight if possible. Make sure your refrigerator seals are clean and in good condition. Keep the coils clean on the back of the refrigerator and 10cm away from the wall. This allows air to circulate around them and aid the cooling process.

Defrost your refrigerator and freezer regularly. Ice build up makes the refrigerator/freezer work harder to keep items at the appropriate temperature. A full freezer uses less energy so keep ice cubes in the freezer to fill it.

4. Air Conditioners

Ensure that your aircon vents are cleaned regularly, or else your aircon is working twice as hard just to get your room cooled down. Click here: to read about 3 secrets your air-con contractors do not want know about.

4. Bulbs 

You should be using Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) or bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs use only about a third as much electricity as standard incandescents. According to some experts, if you substitute compact fluorescent bulbs for a quarter of the incandescents used in high-use areas, you can cut the amount of electricity you use on lighting by half.

5. Energy Vampires

You probably heard of them. So unplug everything when not in use! Alternatively, use a Lamp/Light Timer . These are designed to turn on an appliance at a scheduled hour. So you can do away with remembering to switch it off before you go to bed every single day.

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Lamptimers will turn your appliance off everyday at a preset timing. Buy from a store here:

Here are what some of your appliances are costing you a year just by being on stand-by mode:

TV - $9
Printer - $14
Modem - $7

Click here for a list of electronics stores to upgrade your household appliances! Remember, leaky refrigerators, airconditioners, and non fluorescent bulbs are energy vampires. Quality items will do you do in the long run, saving you more!