Using energy for everyday conveniences makes for expensive utility bills. Luckily, there are easy things that you can do today that will help you reduce your energy intake without the hassle. Reducing your energy intake will not only be better for your wallet, but it'll also be better for the environment. Keep reading to see five ways that you can easily reduce your electric bill without much more effort on your part.

Turn Off Lights
Do you leave the front porch light on constantly? Have you found yourself coming home after work only to see that you've accidentally left the light on in the bathroom all day? Turning off the lights when you're not actively using them will not only save energy, but it'll also reduce your electric bill. Double-check that those lights are off when you leave the room. If you like coming home to a front porch light on for safety reasons, be sure to set your lights on a timer or have them motion activated to ensure that they're only on when needed.

Unplug appliances
When you're not actively using appliances, be sure to unplug them. Even when machines aren't in use, they can still use energy and add to your electric bill. If you don’t want to unplug them each time, a solution could be to plug several appliances into a power strip and turn the switch off instead.

Energy-Efficient Lights
You can be more energy efficient by installing light dimmers in each room and by using energy-efficient light bulbs. NerdWallet suggests that you can save $75 per year by swapping out lightbulbs.

Reduce Your Hot Water Usage
Heating water can take a lot of electricity and energy. When you take a long hot shower or wash your clothes using hot water, you're using more power than you probably thought. The solution? Wash your clothes using cold water only and take shorter showers.

Check Seals on Windows and Doors
Poorly sealed doors and windows are causing the cold or warm air inside of your home to leak out, which makes you spend more energy overall to cool or heat your home. Do an inspection and fix any that don't seem to be adequately sealed.

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