Cut Back Your Energy Bills with Best Buy & ENERGY STAR® Products | Energy Awareness Month

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Utility bills are not exactly the highlight of each month. They’re expected, sometimes anticipated, but rarely appreciated! 

Fortunately, there are plenty of easy steps you can take to reduce your energy consumption without compromising your current lifestyle.  October is Energy Awareness Month and there’s not better time to make simple changes like upgrading to a new energy-efficient appliance, television or computer to save money on your home energy bills. The average home’s annual energy bill is $2,200 and energy efficient products can save you oodles.

Want to see the math?  Check out how much you can save with a new ENERGY STAR certified appliance on the Best Buy “Go Green, Save Green” page.

Beyond savings from simply having energy efficient products, local utility companies may provide additional rebates that can save you up to $300. To find rebates available in your area, check out the Best Buy online rebate finder HERE.

Other things you can implement in your home to save energy this second include:

  • Turn down the temperature on your hot water heater. 
  • Wash your clothing on the cold water cycle.
  • Use the recycle option on your dishwasher and only run it when it’s full. 
  • Take shorter showers and stop leaving the faucet running. 
  • Let the sunshine in – the heat from the sun’s rays can warm your home five, ten, sometimes even fifteen degrees, depending on the time of day. 
  • On the flip side, during the summertime, keep the sun’s rays out to keep your home cooler. 
  • Eliminate phantom load by unplugging your appliances and electronics.  
  • Turn the lights off when you leave a room or are not in need of them. 
  • Adjusting your thermostat by a few degrees lower for heating or higher for cooling, than your normal level. 

All of these energy solutions will help you take your money further and lower your utility bills year round. 

Want more information on ENERGY STAR certified appliances for your home?  Best Buy has more than 2,300 unique ENERGY STAR certified products available in Best Buy stores and online at

Special thanks to Best Buy for providing information.  All thoughts and opinions are that of Rural Mom.


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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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    • Daisy B
    • October 6, 2013
    Reply

    Thanks for the tips. I didn’t realize that turning down the temperature on the hot water heater would help.

      • Barb Webb
      • October 7, 2013
      Reply

      It’s certainly not an obvious one. According to Energy.gov, water heaters account for around 18 percent of our bills, though. Every degree you turn it down can make a big difference!

    • Tough Cookie Mommy
    • October 6, 2013
    Reply

    These are some great tips for conserving energy. The electric bill is really out of control expensive and it would be great to be able to save a little money.

    • Crystal Threeprncs
    • October 7, 2013
    Reply

    My energy bill is also very high! Thank you for sharing this tips. I will be putting them to use.

    • Pam
    • October 7, 2013
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing the tips. I am always looking for ways to conserve energy and my kids are always looking for ways to waste it. lol

      • Barb Webb
      • October 7, 2013
      Reply

      LOL I feel your pain! It seems like every time I walk around the house, I find myself turning off a light, television or something!

    • Grace
    • October 7, 2013
    Reply

    Great tips and it is so productive in the long run to use these energy saving tips.

    • CrazyMom a/k/a Melanie
    • October 7, 2013
    Reply

    Great tips..It Is the hardest for me to keep the lights out.. the kids keep finding ways to turn them on and leave them on… drives me crazy…

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