Five ways to reduce your electricity bill

Here are five tips on sustainability from MGA’s Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator, Taylor Upole:

  1. Unplug your electronics when you aren’t using them. The appliances that you leave plugged in could be costing you $100+ a year! These items have more of an impact than others:
    • Video game systems (Xbox, PS3)
    • Electric kettles
    • Always-on desktop computers
    • Television sets (especially plasma-based displays)
  2. Adjust your thermostat. By turning up your air conditioning you could reduce your energy bill and reduce CO2 Put on a sweater instead of cranking the heat!
  3. Switch to Compact Fluorescent light bulbs. They are more efficient and last 8-15x longer than traditional lighting. These bulbs do contain mercury, so make sure you are recycling them properly.
  4. Use caulking for leaky windows to keep heat in your house.
  5. Keep your vents open and clean. Closing air vents can raise your energy costs!