How Do You Cut Your Energy Bills?

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If twerking and foam fingers are not how you rang in the new year (ala Miley Cyrus), don’t abandon the 21-year-old completely because she may be able to help cut your energy bills this winter.

No, music’s newest bad girl and self-proclaimed provocateur is not likely to start tossing $100 bills from atop the Empire State Building, but read on for the tie-in.

According to a recent announcement by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), not only can 90 percent of homeowners look forward to higher heating bills through March, but it also turns out that the average price of electricity hit or matched record highs throughout last year.

“Americans now pay 42 percent more for electricity than they did a decade ago,” CNS News reported.

Whatever your thoughts on the Wrecking Ball singer, read on to find out how she can help beat the EIA odds, as well as other cost-saving energy tips.

•    Forgetfulness is not an excuse. There has long been a debate about whether unplugging computers and appliances will save you money on your energy bill, but consider this: leaving these devices plugged in (as well as DVRs and gaming consoles) when not in use sucks up to $10 billion annually in wasted energy. To combat this, you can install an inexpensive energy-saving wall outlet that will automatically shut them all down.

•    Be shrewd about ceiling fans. This goes under the heading of “Did You Know?”: “[Running fans] counterclockwise will push hot air up in the summer, and clockwise will trap heat inside to keep your rooms warmer during cooler months,” notes U.S. News & World Report.

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