Friday, April 9, 2010

saving money on the electric bill

After receiving a fairly large (>$200) electric bill for a month in which we did not use heat or a/c, I was convinced that I needed to audit my power usage habits. Here are a few things that I've done to try and reduce my electric bill:

  • Moved to shared hosting. Now I don't have to run a server 24x7 at home.

  • Replaced ancient Cisco switch for Green D-Link. The Cisco cost $20/mo to run, the D-Link costs about $1.50/mo.

  • Add power strips to entertainment systems, and turn them off when not in use.

  • Reduce fish tank light timer to only light after sunset.

Bleh. I'm hoping just the above will cut out about $50 on my monthly bill.

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