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How to save on energy bills throughout the year and during the holidays

Posted at 10:25 AM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 11:25:50-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — High energy bills are an issue year-round. For many families, that can grow worse during the holiday season if they use Christmas tree lights.

Other household items can also add to your bills, but there are ways you can save money.

  • Using heat-generating appliances like the dishwasher, clothes dryer or oven during the cooler part of the day or at night is best, no matter what time of year it is.
  • The use of smart strips can help you easily turn off multiple appliances at once when not in use. You also want to clean the coils on the back of your refrigerator or freezer to keep it running efficiently.
  • You can reduce your electricity bill by washing your laundry with cold water when possible, as 90% of energy is consumed from washing machines is due to the use of hot water.
  • Additionally, switching out your light bulbs can also make a huge difference. Unplugging as many items as possible when you are not using them will also help.
  • Using a thermometer inside your refrigerator and freezer will aid in determining the best setting for coldness.
  • Refrigerators should be between 30-40 degrees and a freezer should be between zero and five degrees.

For more energy-saving tips visit OPPD’s website.

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