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6 Sneaky Charges That May Drain Your Wallet

6 Sneaky Charges That May Drain Your Wallet

Taking a look at the charges on your monthly bills can often reveal not just errors, but ongoing costs that you might not be aware of. Here are 6 sneaky charges to watch for: Check your cable bill for a modem fee, Modems used to be included in the service, but in this day ofRead article

Traditional Incandescent Light Bulbs Phased Out

Traditional Incandescent Light Bulbs Phased Out

Beginning January 1, 2014, traditional 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs may no longer be manufactured or imported. However, stores may continue to sell them until the supply runs out. The 75- and 100-watt bulbs have already been phased out. Traditional incandescent light bulbs are being phased out for more energy-efficient bulbs, such as compactRead article

Saving Money on Electricity

Saving Money on Electricity

Many people assume that their monthly electricity bills are a fixed expense. But there really are things you can do to reduce your cost of electricity. Consider the following: Clean up. Dirt behind your fridge, in your dryer lint catcher, and around your air conditioner coils will increase the energy it takes for them toRead article

Light Bulbs

Light Bulbs

How do you choose among the various types of light bulbs that are available today? Incandescent bulbs are the traditional light bulbs with a filament wire. They are the least expensive to buy, but also the least efficient in using electricity. Compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs use 65-75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and lastRead article

Unplug It

Unplug It

Many electronics and appliances such as DVD players, TVs, computers, and kitchen appliances continue to use small amounts of power (“vampire power”) even when they are turned off. In fact, Energy Star estimates that 75% of the electricity in the average home is consumed while the products are turned off. • If left plugged in, aRead article