If you are like most, your power bill is easily one of the biggest expenses you have from month to month. Cutting your power bills may sound like a daunting task to tackle. However, the key to cutting electricity usage is getting to know where all that electricity is really going. You may be a bit surprised to learn that not every appliance and household item you think is sucking all that extra electricity actually is. Here are a few of the biggest energy suckers you probably have in your house right now that you could easily better control to lower your electricity bills.

1. Game Systems - You may fuss at the kids (or even your husband) for leaving on those game systems all night, but chances are you are more concerned about wearing out the expensive console than the power used. Believe it or not, something as small as a 1st or 2nd generation PlayStation game system can drive up your power bill as much as $31.74 per month for 720 hours of usage, which translates to 24 hours a day for 30 days. Now you have an even bigger reason to complain when people leave these systems running non-stop.

2. Desktop Computer - Instead of pointing an energy-sucker-blaming finger at small electronic devices like phones, laptops, and tablets (which are actually quite energy conservative) take a good look at your desktop computer. These stationary computers can cost you something like $8.35 per month if they stay on all the time. Of course, you can cut these costs by shutting off the computer when not in use and switching to an LCD, flat-panel monitor, which is much more energy efficient.

3. Clothes Washer - If you are like most people, you have been told for years that your clothes dryer is one of the appliances in the house that uses the most energy. While this is true, it is highly likely that your clothes washer is using far more. For a typical light load of laundry, you should expect it to cost you just .28 cents to dry, whereas washing that same load of laundry in hot water with a warm rinse will cost you as much as .69 per load. So even if you do hang your clothes on the line to dry, it is a good idea to start washing with cold water when you can to save even more.

To learn more, contact a service like Action Electric.

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