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How much annual electric or oil-based energy could we cut in the Adirondacks by 2013 by adding renewables and reducing waste?:

Saving Electricity

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The easiest step is to stop spending every month to buy electricity you don't need. According to a study by McKinsey we could find a spare $1.2 trillion by conserving with current technology. 

If you came into a room in winter and saw the door and windows open you would probably run to close them. The problem with electricity is you can't always see the open doors. A company called OPower is trying to get consumers information about how much electricity they are wasting. You can see the results they are getting, and think about how you can find and close all your open windows and doors.

Find the always on appliances and unplug them or use a surge strip that can turn off. A onld single always on computer, for example, can cost you $350 a year in electricity. A newer one turned off can cost as little as $10 a year. 

Old fashioned 'hot' lightbulbs can eat 40 percent of your bill. Replace with CFL or LED. Here's what makes old bulbs such a crazy thing to spend your money on. Twenty bulbs used for 8 hours a day in your house versus the old hot bulbs save $650 dollars a year at today's prices. That's easy money.

Washing clothes with hot water also costs.. 90 percent of the money spent is to heat water. 

Kill A Watt imageIf you want to know where your money is going you can order a Kill A Watt that will ferret out the open windows for you. The device tells how much each thing that is plugged in at your house is costing you. Your old fridge might be headed for the recycling center for a rebate when you see what it is doing to you.