6 Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill

6 Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill

They're easy and won't require a major lifestyle change.

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Are you tired of looking at a high electric bill every month?

You think you're doing what's best to keep it down but unfortunately, it's not being reflected with your bill. Rather than feel lost, we'll go over a few effective ways to save money when it comes to your electric bill.

Ready to see what they are? Let's get into it!


Wash Clothes on Cold

It takes a lot of electricity to heat water. One small way to decrease your electric bill is to wash clothes on the cold setting. They'll still come out the same way as if they were washed on warm.

Unplug Unused Electronics

That Bluetooth speaker you only use so often and that Xbox collecting dust are major energy suckers. They don't need to be plugged in all the time, especially if you only use them a handful of times.

What'll be even better is if you can turn off all the power strips that host devices and electronics you don't use a lot. When you go to bed, turn off and unplug everything that you can. You obviously don't need to use a lot of the stuff you do during the day while you sleep.

Adjust the Thermostat

Adjusting the temperature up or down a couple of degrees can save you tons. Another way to save is to adjust it for when you leave the house. You obviously won't need to heat or cool your home when you're not there.

For unused rooms, there doesn't need to be an influx of heating or air. Turning the thermostat off in those rooms will allow more air (or heat) to flow to the rooms that need it the most.

Change HVAC Filter Often

A dirty filter can leave you wondering why you aren't feeling cold or warm air coming through the vents. That causes you to then turn up the thermostat, raising your bill to be even higher.

When you clean or change the HVAC filter often, that allows air to be pushed through the vents with ease. There's no debris or dust to clog it up to prevent good air flow.

Invest in Solar Panels

While this is a huge investment for most, it's what'll lower your electric bill significantly. Solar panels are a great option for homeowners as the sun will power most of the appliances. Those who have them installed already enjoy an electric bill that's in the lower double digits.

For most states and cities, there are programs that may qualify you for low-cost installations or to purchase solar panels on the cheap. Some research is needed but if you're able to do it, the savings will be significant.

Turn Down the Hot Water Heater

While hot showers and baths are enjoyed daily, they can rack up the costs. All that energy needed to heat up the water increases your bill by a lot.

To save some money, the hot water heater shouldn't be set above 120 degrees. Keeping it low doesn't mean the water won't be warm, it'll just take less energy.

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A Letter To My Angel, Amanda

Rest Easy Angel 11.07.18

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Amanda,

Your death has been the hardest thing for me to accept because every day I knew you, you were so full of life. You were radiant. Your presence lit up every room you walked into and your infectious laugh filled it. You cared for everyone and put others before yourself. You were one of my first forever friends.

You accepted and loved me for everything I was and everything I was not. You kept me company whether we were sitting in my basement doing nothing at all or spending the day in New York City. You were constantly making me laugh and were always there for me.

I scroll through my camera roll and your Facebook all the time and there are so many random pictures of us that I can't place, that I can't explain, but they're my favorite pictures because they remind me that we have so many memories together that it's impossible to remember them all.

But every time I think of you I'm overwhelmed with seas of memories that I can remember every moment of. Do you remember when we went to your farmhouse for the weekend and spent hours melting crayons with a hair dryer to make our own board? Well, that picture ended up being my Dads background for about 6 years, I still can't tell you why.

Or the day I found out I was moving back to California and you held me while I ugly-cried and told me that we would be friends no matter how far apart we were because you knew that was my biggest fear? And then moving day when you came over and drew notes in sharpie over all of my boxes and we made a mattress slide?

I have countless memories that include you that I'll cherish forever, from playing Just Dance with you in the basement to sharing our 13th birthday party.

These past two months I've been full of anger. I've been angry at the world for taking you and angry at myself for letting life and distance get in the way. I'll probably hold a piece of that anger for the rest of my life but I'll also hold eternal appreciation and admiration for you.

I want to tell you that I appreciate that you were always there for me when I needed someone. I appreciate that you could make me laugh until I couldn't breathe even on my worst days. I appreciate that you accepted me for all my flaws and never expected perfection. I appreciate that you were always supportive and encouraging and most of all I appreciate that you were the most amazing friend.

I want you to know that I admire your strength. I admire how you were always able to find the good in everything and see the best in everyone. I admire how selfless you were, always putting others before yourself. I admired how nonjudgmental you were, you always gave the best advice. I admire how hard headed you could be, never giving up until you reached your goal but more importantly I admired you for being you.

Remembering you is so easy, it's having to miss you that's so hard. My life is better because you were a part of it and I'm far from the only one. There is an army of people that miss you every day that will carry a piece of you forever. Rest easy, angel.

I love you.

Shea.

You are forever in our hearts. 

Amanda Aujero

"Amanda was one of my only friends starting high school and was there with me through family dinners, sleepovers, breakups, SAT's, and graduation. She was a light and such a beautiful person. We laughed so hard together that we would pee our pants. I miss her like crazy and plan on visiting her and talking to her for the rest of my life. She taught me to live with no regrets." -Mary Skrzypczak

"One thing I loved about Amanda was that she had such an open-mindedness I could tell her anything with no judgements." -Avery Zulauf

"My favorite memory of Amanda is us driving down the main road in LBI and laughing our asses off. I have known Amanda for years but her last 2 1/2 years on earth, I feel as if we got the closer we had ever been and I'm internally grateful for that. I love you Amanda." -Catie Keating

"There's a billion amazing words I could use that perfectly describe Amanda, but the one that I think differentiates her from most people is "real". She was real. That girl was truly one of a kind; irreplaceable. I knew from a young age when we became friends in elementary school that I could lose all of my friends but if I only had her I would be okay. It even felt that way at times but she and I were happy having just each other. One of my favorite memories with her was when I moved to Florida to start my freshmen year in high school. We were both upset we weren't experiencing high school together and we promised that we would never stop being best friends. I was scared starting at a school in a new state and not knowing anyone, and you know what Amanda did? For the first week or so before I made friends she would FaceTime me at lunch everyday so I wouldn't eat alone. Now that's true friendship right there. When I moved back it was like I never left. I always thought of her as a sister who just happened to be my best friend too. If you learn one thing from this it's that everyone should have an Amanda in their life. And if you don't, then don't settle because if you have that relationship with someone it outweighs having hundreds of friends. Having that special relationship with someone regardless if you're both here or not will never die. It lives on and it's something that I will cherish forever." -Selena Gonzalez

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15 Plants that Are Easy to Take Care of

For those who aren't exactly green thumbs.

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Do you consider yourself a plant killer?

You get so excited to bring home a new plant to only wake up the next day and find it wilting. You try everything you think is right to revive but unfortunately, it's not coming back to life.

Rather than give up and start investing in fake houseplants, you just need to know which ones are easy to care for. That's why we'll go over which plants are low-maintenance so you don't have to worry about becoming a black thumb.

Take a look!

Peperomia

If you live in a humid area and tried to grow succulents, you know how hard it can be. That's why you might be better off getting a peperomia plant.

Their leaves are waxy which means they'll thrive off of humidity. You can even bring this plant to work as they can survive under fluorescent lights.

Aloe

If you love the look of the trendier plants out there, aloe definitely fits the bill. Its spiky leaves give it an edgy look so they'll be a great addition to any part of the house.

Aloe loves indirect sunlight so you don't have to worry if your place doesn't get an influx of natural light. However, you'll need to soak it once every week and at the least, every two weeks.

And obviously, you can break off the leaves to gather the aloe gel that's great for homemade hand creams.

Air Plant

This plant's name gives a hint to how easy it is to take care of. You don't need to worry about getting soil as it can live without it.

The only thing you'll need to do is give it a good soak every ten days.

Bromeliad

This plant is reminiscent of the top of a pineapple but it comes in multiple colors. It comes in red, purple, and orange varieties.

This plant won't die on you as it'll last a long time. Its favorite temperature to be at is around 70 degrees, making it the perfect houseplant.

And don't worry if you start to see the original stem dying. It'll produce a couple of side shoots that replace the original, kind of like reincarnation.

Dieffenbachia

If you take a second or two to look at this plant, its leaves kind of look like sliced pickles. It has a darker edge with a lighter green color in the middle.

As with the aloe plant, dieffenbachia loves indirect sunlight as well. Doing this will also protect new leaves from dying.

Begonia

For those that want flowers, the begonia plant can fulfil your wish. These blooms are plentiful and look like mini roses. Plus, they come in a variety of colors!

They don't need as much watering in the winter time so you can get a break when that season rolls around. For all other seasons, they only require water every now and then.

Ficus

These plants are great for the house or the office. They like to be in indirect sunlight and misted with water every now and then. They can also help keep the air clear of toxins.

For those wondering about the ficus lyrata, you can read more about that plant here.

Peace Lily

Another plant that filters out toxins from the air, they also make a great alternative to orchids. Peace lilies can grow to be extremely tall, as high as six feet to be exact. So, it's best to know the variety you're getting to ensure your plant won't become taller than you!

Calathea

These plants look like a piece of art. Also known as the peacock plant, their leaves are a mixture of purple and green with large spots.

It's best to keep this plant moist and not to put it in direct sunlight.

Ponytail Palm

This tree looks like it could definitely use a ponytail holder. Its droopy leaves are what gives it a unique look.

Like regular palm trees, they thrive in sunny areas so putting it where direct sunlight hits is a good idea. Just be sure you don't over-water it.

Philodendron

This houseplant looks similar to the monstera leaf, just on a smaller scale. It works best in low light and doesn't require much water at all. In fact, it prefers to be on the dry side.

English Ivy

If you want a plant that'll drape from wherever you place it, this one is it. If you've ever seen Wrigley Field, this is the plant that's covering the walls.

It comes in different varieties but the ones that are best when potted are Domino, Cascade, and Irish Lace.

Crown of Thorns

Part of the succulent family, this plant doesn't like a lot of water. Even if you don't water it often, it'll still produce lovely little pinkish-red blooms year round.

Be warned, though. This plant has thorns and a sap that can cause swelling. It's best to keep it away from children and pets.

Spider Plant

It gets its name because that's exactly what it looks like---spider legs! While this plant looks like it's kind of dead already, it's not.

It loves a well-lit place and wants to be watered at least weekly. It's a plant that keeps on giving as well as it'll produce little plants that you can repot.

Umbrella Tree

While this plant won't protect you from the rain, it does make a great addition to your home or office. It prefers indirect sunlight and survives pretty well when you forget to water it. Just be sure not to over-water it.

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