Look out for lightning

When the lightning has flashed, and your power is dashed, it’s time to consider an automatic home standby generator.

Eliminate phantom energy sources

A shocking 75 percent of the energy used by home electronics is consumed when they’re turned off. These “phantom” users include: televisions, VCRs, stereos, computers and many kitchen appliances—basically anything that holds a time or other settings. A simple solution? Plug all of these items into power strips; then, get in the habit of turning off the strips between uses.

Keep your fridge and freezer full

Everyone always tells you to keep the fridge closed. But did you know that keeping your fridge and freezer full can also save money? Food acts as insulation and lessens the amount of time that the fridge has to run to stay cool. But don’t pack it too full. Otherwise, the air can’t circulate and keep your food evenly chilled.