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    I believe this belongs here.

    Ok, so I've known about this for a while but recently saw a show on Oprah and it reminded me about it and makes me want to stick with it and see how it works. I tried it briefly before but didn't stick to it.

    The show was about saving money ect.

    And there was this one lady who unplugs EVERYTHING [well almost] when she is done using it. It's a fact, that when items are plugged in and aren't even in use, they still draw in a lot of power.
    Well this lady did this vigilantly and her normal bill was around $260 a month. She started doing this and her lowest bill was 60$! With an avg. of 90$

    So i'm going to try it; although I don't have much to unplug.
    I've unplugged;
    The radio in the garage
    Washer [to much of a pain to get to the dryer]
    3 Nightlights
    Microwave
    Toaster
    Electric Can Opener
    Hair Dryer/Flat Iron
    I will be unplugging the TV and Modem & router when not in use.

    I won't be unplugging the DVR or my Laptop [which I hear is one of the things that draw the most] Because I like to keep my Laptop on the battery at all times if possible.

    So what does everyone think about this?
    Anyone with me? LOL


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    i've started unplugging my toaster and coffee maker over the last couple weeks. I'd be more apt to do it if my outlets weren't in odd places in my house and I have to stand on my head to unplug most things. good luck though. let us know if you start saving.
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    I unplug a lot of stuff too. Usually its b/c most of my things dont work here without a converter box. It hasnt helped too much, unfortunatley, but I am all for trying. thanks for the idea.
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    I have been unplugging since the beginning of the yr-
    I have stopped using electric outlet scents- and only use tarts or difussers.
    I keep almost all non essential electronics unplugged - also we bought and installed a programmable thermastate-
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    Most of our stuff stays unplugged. It seems to work.
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    i try to do this but i will not unplug my computer or the nightlights. or the tv (too hard to get to-same with washer/dryer). other than that there is nothing really plugged in. i heard the #1 thing that draws electricity is the heat/air and #2 is lights, so the electric co. says to keep your a/c around 68-72 and your heat a bit lower and make sure lights are out as much as possible (use candles, turn out when watching tv etc.). the thing that sucks about my townhome is that the outside light has no switch; it is automatic

    oh and change your air filters once a month!

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    My gma started doing this and it lowered her light bill. She has things like her tv and vcr plugged into a 6 way power strip and just shuts off the switch.

    For me, I have all cfl's except my night lihht and 3 way lamp. 3 way cfl's are too tall. I could do the whole unplugging thing but my light bill is split 70-30 w/ my landlord so I have no control over their usage.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gunsgirl View Post
    I have been unplugging since the beginning of the yr-
    I have stopped using electric outlet scents- and only use tarts or difussers.
    I keep almost all non essential electronics unplugged - also we bought and installed a programmable thermastate-
    any results?


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