6 Inexpensive Items That Make It Easy to Go Green

It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to make eco-friendly improvements to your home. Just a few small, inexpensive changes can make a big difference – both for the environment and for your wallet!

1. Composter

It doesn’t get much greener than a composter. Food waste and lawn clippings can make up to 25-50% of your household’s trash. Rather than sending it to the landfill, how about putting it into a backyard composter? It’ll end up as nutrient-rich fertilizer that you can then use in your own yard. For an even cheaper alternative, find plans online and make your own composter from an old trash can.

Estimated cost: free-$50

2. Smart Power Strips

Turning off your electronics when you’re not using them will save electricity, but did you know that they still draw power? You could use a traditional power strip and turn it off when not in use – but how often would you actually remember to do that? A smart power strip remembers for you, cutting off power to certain items when it senses that power consumption has dropped. Estimated cost: $35

3. LED Light Bulbs

We’ve talked about the advantages of LED lights before, but to summarize: LED lights are more durable than other types of lights; they’re more energy efficient than both incandescent and CFL bulbs; they last longer (up to 50,000 hours!); and they’re non-toxic and mercury-free. If you start switching over to LEDs as your current bulbs burn out, pretty soon constantly buying and replacing light bulbs will be a thing of the past.

Estimated cost: $2-5 per bulb

4. SnapPower GuideLights and SafeLights

Speaking of LEDs, that’s all we use in our SnapPower GuideLights and SafeLights. Our lights cost less than 10 cents a year to operate and they last for 25+ years. Because they use a light-detecting sensor to turn on and off, they’re not using electricity all the time. And they eliminate the need for bulky incandescent nightlights. We’d say that’s a win for your household and for the environment.

Cost: GuideLight $15 each; SafeLight $17 each (Choose a multi-pack for an even better deal!)

5. Programmable Thermostat

With prices starting around $20, a programmable thermostat is truly an inexpensive way to make a big impact on the environment…and your electric bill. Look for one that’s pre-programmable so you can set your heating and cooling temperatures around the times you’ll be in and out of your home to cut down on wasted energy. Set properly, a programmable thermostat could save you about $180 a year in energy costs.

Estimated cost: $20-200+

6. Draft Guards

Here’s an inexpensive, low-tech item that’ll help cut down on your energy use. Draft guards are fabric-covered foam strips that slip under or around your door to prevent air from passing through, so you’re only heating or cooling the areas you mean to. If you’re crafty, you can even make your own out of items you probably already have around your house (and don’t forget to make some for your windows, too).

Estimated cost: free-$15

It All Adds Up

All the little changes you make to save energy, reduce waste, and live more efficiently can add up to big benefits for the environment and for you. As we’ve shown, going green doesn’t have to be costly. in fact, your small investment now can result in significant savings in the future.

How to Plan the Perfect Nursery for Your Baby

Decorating your baby’s nursery is one of the most exciting parts of preparing for his or her arrival. With just a little planning, you can create a fun, child-friendly space that you’ll love to spend time in, too.  We’ll show you how to make it happen in 3 easy steps.

Pick a Theme

You’ll want to start by choosing a theme and a color palette. You’ll need to decide if you want the room to be gender specific or gender neutral. Pink, blue, and cartoon animals are sweet for infants, but might not work so well when they’re a little older. Consider painting the nursery a neutral color, and using removable wall decals related to your theme. That way, the room can easily grow with your child.

Choose Your Furniture

There are at least four pieces of furniture you’ll probably want in your nursery: a crib, a changing table, a chair, and shelves for storage.

The crib is usually the focal point of a nursery, and the style you choose – modern, traditional, rustic, etc. – can set the tone for the room. You can skip the bedding, though. Pillows, blankets, and even crib bumpers can be hazardous to your baby, so stick with a firm crib mattress and fitted sheet for at least the first year.

A changing table is a necessity, but it doesn’t have to be a traditional one. A dresser with a foam changing pad on top can work just as well. Whatever you choose, make sure you have room on it (or right next to it) for all the necessities, like diapers, wipes, burp cloths, and rash cream.

You’ll want to have a comfortable chair for feeding and soothing your baby. Look for something that’s well padded, like a glider or padded rocking chair, because you’ll probably be spending a lot of time in it!

Babies tend to accumulate a lot of stuff, so storage is an important consideration. You’ll want to have bookshelves with bins and baskets to store clothes, toys, and stuffed animals, and keep them off the floor.

Don’t Forget the Lighting

Late-night feedings and diaper changes are on the way. Now’s the time to prepare – before you’re trying to maneuver your way through the dark while holding a newborn. The proper lighting can help.

Nightlights are an obvious solution, but as soon as your baby is old enough to crawl, they become a potential safety hazard. We suggest installing our own SnapPower SafeLights instead.

A SafeLight turns your outlet into a child-safe nightlight, with sliding outlet covers to protect your baby from electrical shocks and hazards. The cool-to-the-touch LED lights can be adjusted to high or low brightness, set to come on automatically when the room darkens, or they can be turned off. The safety covers allow you to plug things in easily, yet make it impossible to stick fingers or anything else inside, making the SafeLight perfect for a house with small children.

Pull It All Together

Don’t wait until the last minute to start planning your nursery. With a little time and preparation, you can pull together a room that’s perfectly suited for both your baby and you.

How to Baby-Proof Your Home in 3 Steps

The nursery’s perfectly painted and decorated, the closet stocked with adorable new clothes, and diapers are stacked by the changing table. You’re ready, right? Well, almost. Your home isn’t really ready for your new arrival until you’ve made sure it’s baby-proofed. Making your home safer now can prevent an accident from happening in the future.

Install Latches and Gates

Your little one will want to get into everything! Now’s the time to get down on your hands and knees and look at your home from a child’s point-of-view. Cabinets can be tempting for children to explore – but with potentially harmful consequences. Medicine and cleaning supplies, items thrown in the trash, even stairs and windows, can all pose threats to your baby.

Here are just a few ways to prevent injury from accidental poisoning, choking and falls:

  • install safety latches on all cabinets, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms, and make sure that medicine and cleaning supplies are securely locked up after use
  • use trash cans with locking lids, or hide them away in cabinets with latches
  • install window guards to prevent your child from climbing or falling out
  • use baby gates that are securely mounted to the wall at both the top and bottom of stairs
  • add padded shields to table edges for protection from falls

Don’t Forget Water Safety

You might think water safety at home is a non-issue, as long as you don’t have a pool, but think again. There are water sources in your house that could pose a potential threat to a baby or toddler since they can drown in just a few inches of water.

Some easy ways to prevent water-related accidents include:

  • turn the temperature of your hot water heater down to 120 degrees to prevent scalding your baby’s sensitive skin
  • drain all bathtubs and sinks as soon as you’re finished with them
  • put a lid lock on all toilets

Take Electrical Safety Seriously

Your baby will be crawling, standing, and walking before you know it. As soon as they can move close enough to an electrical outlet to put their fingers or some other object inside it, they’re in danger of injury from electric shock.

According to ESFI (Electrical Safety Foundation International), plastic outlet caps are the most popular form of childproofing electrical outlets. However, outlet caps have to be removed each time you need to plug something in, at which point they can be lost or find their way into your child’s hands, becoming a potential choking hazard. And, some toddlers can remove the plastic caps themselves.

A better option for keeping your baby safe is a sliding outlet cover, like the SnapPower SafeLight. The SafeLight cover closes off the outlet, making it impossible for your child to stick their fingers, or anything else, inside of it. If you need to use an outlet, simply use the prongs of the power cord to slide the cover over. When you remove the power cord, the cover slides back into place and closes instantly.

The SnapPower SafeLight also acts as an adjustable nightlight, so it does double safety duty, protecting your child from electric shock, and helping you see in the dark during nighttime feedings and diaper changes.

Advantages of the SafeLight include:

  • it installs easily in seconds
  • unlike plastic outlet caps, the SafeLight cover leaves all outlets free for use
  • it costs less than 10 cents a year to use
  • no more light bulbs to replace
  • no wires or cords to worry about
  • you can adjust the brightness with 4 settings: high, low, off, and automatic

It’s All Up to You

Your home is an exciting new world for your baby to explore. Every house is different, so be sure to look for places in your home where your child could potentially get hurt, and take preventative measures now, for an accident-free future.

3 Reasons You Need Guidelights in Your Home

There are many reasons a night light might be necessary in a family home, but it’s nice to have a product you can rely on. And how about something that works on autopilot, even if you forget it when you tuck your toddler in?

That’s where SnapPower comes in. Our innovative products are designed with you in mind. They’re designed to make your life just a little easier…

And here’s why:

1) Easy to Use

If you have a family, you know all too well how important time is. You’re likely always looking for faster and easier ways to get things done. You’ll find the Guidelight fits that criteria with a hassle-free installation and operation.

To install it, all you do is unscrew the existing cover plate and snap the guidelight cover plate into place. That’s it ! No messing with wires, and it’s almost as fast as plugging in that outdated bulky nightlight.

Once it’s in place, you don’t have to think about it again. You don’t have to remember to turn it on every night because it has automatic sensors that recognize the lighting conditions. So, it will turn itself on when it’s dark and turn itself off in the morning. See? Easy!

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2) Great for Children

When you have kids, you know all about the pros and cons of night lights. They’re great for when they’re scared or need to make a night time bathroom trip. You can also see when it’s dark without having to turn on a light and wake them. The problem is that they stick out from the wall and end up getting broken when kids are playing.

With a Guidelight, you still get all the benefits but instead of protruding from the wall, they’re designed right inside the outlet cover. Not to mention, the sleek design looks a lot nicer on your wall.

When you have kids, there are more people in the home meaning more items that need to be plugged in. You usually need all the outlets you can get so you’ll love that the Guidelight design keeps your outlets free for use.

3) Saves Money

The expenses are endless when you have a family, so any opportunities to save you money are probably greatly appreciated. While a nightlight may not be a huge expense, it’s still another one to add to that never-ending list.

In addition to saving money on batteries and bulbs, the Guidelight uses an LED bulb which will cost you less than 10 cents per year to operate. Talk about energy savings!

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Conclusion

While a nightlight might seem like an insignificant item, it’s one of those things you just need to have around. With the ease and convenience of the SnapPower Guidelights, there’s no need to ever give them a second thought. You can install them in all the outlets in your home to give it a modern look without the hassle.

8 Cheap Gadgets to Make Your Home Smarter

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Owning a smart home might be your dream. You might even have Jetson-like visions of computer-generated dinners and cars that drive themselves. If you’re into that sort of thing, you’ve probably even read about some of the new technology that indeed resembles something straight from the futuristic cartoon. Of course, as most new technology does, smart homes come at a price.

 

But the cool thing is, because technology is changing so rapidly, there are tons of cool gadgets you can add to your home to make it smarter without breaking the bank.

 

Listed here are a few of the coolest and cheapest gadgets we found:

1) Sensorwake ($109)

Instead of waking to the sound of an annoying alarm, how about waking up to the smell of fresh sea air, grass, espresso, or even chocolate? But, if you’re a little afraid appealing smells won’t awake you, you can always set the backup alarm.

2) Parrot Pot ($149.99)

If your thumb is decidedly not green and if you’ve ever killed a plant or two, you will love the smart planter. It holds 2 liters of water and dispenses it when needed. Not only that, but it’s programmed to “know” how much water your particular plant needs!

3) Echo Dot ($49.99)

This voice-activated Amazon device allows you to control apps like Pandora and Domino’s hands-free. Its voice recognition gets smarter every time you use it and has a far-reaching range. It also has a built-in smart alarm and virtual digital assistant to help you do things like cook with recipes you’ve chosen.

4) Logi Circle ($199.99)

This little smart home-monitoring device was designed by Logitech. Its 135° camera is mountable, rechargeable, and small enough to fit anywhere. It’s also portable so it can be moved from room to room as needed. It works by connecting to any of your smart devices, so you can have peace of mind from any room or while traveling.

5) Kwikset Kivo Bluetooth Smart Lock ($229)

This easily installed lock allows you to use your smart phone as your key. In other words, when you’re loaded down with grocery bags, you can simply touch the lock for easy access. It works by “seeing” your smart phone approaching.

6) Clocky Robot Alarm Clock ($39.99)

You’ll either love it or toss it out the window. This robotic alarm clock by Nanda Home rolls around the room beeping until you chase it down and turn it off. It could be the perfect gadget for those hard-to-wake teenagers!

7) SnapPower Guidelights ($15)

Of course we have to toot our own horn a little! Our smart outlet covers are designed with led lights that turn themselves on when they sense the room darkening. They also take up no extra space since they fit right over the outlets on your walls.

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8) SnapPower Chargers ($20)

Our other space-saving gadget is the USB charger. It’s also designed right into the outlet cover so it takes up no space, and the USB port is on the side, so your furniture can still fit right up against the wall.

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Conclusion

Whatever smart home designs you have in mind, using a little bit of technology here and there can transform your home in small ways, making you the envy of your neighbors. And as you can see, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

5 Ways to Make a Small Space Seem Larger

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We talk a lot about décor around here because we design our products to add modern flair to your home, and we like to showcase them in a way that brings life to our ideas. One of the ways our products help consumers like you is by taking up less space in your home. But there are lots of ways to make a room feel larger, and here are just a few:

1) Go Big with Your Furniture

This seems a little counterintuitive, and we’re not talking about going overboard with so much giant furniture that you can’t walk around the room. But a couple of larger pieces, like a tall armoire and a bulky headboard is better than several small pieces scattered around. Your eyes will naturally be drawn toward the heavier objects and will add texture to the space.

2) Choose Your Color Scheme Carefully

While whites and other lighter colors will naturally make your room look bigger, you can use darker hues if that’s what you prefer. The trick is to stick to complementary tones rather than contrasting ones and use no more than 3 different colors. For example, if you opt for a red couch, choose muted tones of gray or wheat to accent the scheme.

3) Use at Least One “Grounding” Object

A grounding object is a darker piece of décor that makes the room appear more substantial when using the lighter colors suggested for small spaces. This works the same as the larger furniture to draw your eye to a more substantial piece. So, in the instance of the dark wood armoire, that could act as your grounding piece. You could also use a black lamp or a dark colored chair.

4) Don’t Skimp on Light

Skipping the curtains or using sheers will allow natural light to flood the room, making it appear much larger. For fixtures, you will have to plan carefully. Other than one or two matching fixtures (such as a black floor lamp and matching desk lamp), your lighting pieces need to be subtle enough to showcase the space and not the fixture. Simple and clear overhead lighting is good for general illumination, but for accent lights, you will need to be creative. For example, you might use a couple of well-placed recessed lights and always use SnapPower Guidelights for all your outlet covers. This creates some simple ambient lighting when the lights are off without taking up a fraction more of wall space.

5) Add Some Art

It’s tempting in a small space to skip the walls, but a couple of nice, substantial pieces of art will make the room feel more put-together. Also, don’t think that because the space is small, the artwork should be small. While you don’t want to overpower the room with too much large art. One or two complementary pieces that are medium to large in size will add balance and texture.

In Conclusion

In small spaces, lighting and décor can become either overbearing or insubstantial. It’s important to find a good balance when you’re trying to make a space appear larger. The most important thing, though, is to create a place you enjoy coming home to…whatever that means for you!

5 Mistakes You’re Making with Your Interior Lighting

Lighting in a home can make or break the décor and ambience. In fact, it’s such an important factor, that most interior designers begin their projects by determining what kind of light sources they will use.


Have you ever walked into a well-decorated room that felt cold or like there was just something missing? If so, it was probably bad lighting. If your rooms seem to be lacking warmth, or that special something that you see in magazines, you could be doing something wrong with your lighting.

Here are the top 5 things most people get wrong:

Having too Many Light Sources

While it’s fine to have multiple fixtures, using them all at once can feel a little like a torture chamber. During the day, try to utilize natural light as much as possible, and only switch on the lamps that are necessary in order to give your room a light and airy ambience.

Using the Wrong Types of Light

Copy of 600k Units Sold (1)Fluorescent bulbs are often used because they are much more efficient than incandescent lights. But keep in mind that fluorescents cast a yellow glow, which doesn’t work well with all décor, and also casts an unpleasant tone on people. Used in bathrooms, they can distort the appearance of your face, which is not ideal for women applying makeup!


For more cost efficient choices, try led bulbs. Today, there are more options available for this type of lighting, and they cast a much more pleasant color tone. 

Using Only One Light Source

Just as using too many light sources can become overbearing, using too few can make a room seem unimpressive. A lot of people make the mistake of using only an overhead light to illuminate a room. In this situation, if an extremely bright light is used, the room can appear cold, but if a slightly dimmer light is used, the room can appear too dim.

Choosing the Wrong Wattage

This makes more of an impact than people realize. You may have the perfect light layout to complement your décor, but place 100-watt bulbs in every socket, and you could ruin the entire look and feel of your home. The same goes for using 20-watt bulbs in under-lit rooms. There is a balance that needs to be achieved with the number of fixtures and the strength of the bulbs. When in doubt, stick with 60-watt bulbs.

Over-Using Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting is great for functional rooms such as the bathroom or laundry room, but many people make the mistake of using them all over the home. As renowned interior designer, Anthony Baratta says, “Use recessed lighting sparingly. Too many fixtures turn your ceiling into Swiss cheese!”

Conclusion

Lighting is one of the most important factors in your décor, and if done correctly, it will add the exact ambience you are looking for. But we realize that light is functional as well as decorative. That’s why we designed the Guidelight. The SnapPower Guidelight is designed to produce functional light that is just bright enough to illuminate a pathway or a countertop, but it’s soft glow also adds an attractive accent to any fixture. This innovative little nightlight switches itself on automatically in dark conditions and is designed with led lights that cost only about 10¢ a year to operate.


When designing your home interior, be sure to consider your lighting sources and the atmosphere they can add to your home.

LED Lights in the News

If the topic of lighting seems boring, you’re probably not reading about it in the right places. LED lights in particular are something of a growing trend these days because of their energy-saving efficiency. We’ve run across some pretty interesting stories surrounding this little piece of innovative technology and thought we’d round them up.

LED Art in Dallas

1470285420-NMC_03volumefrisco8First up is the massive LED structure at the Dallas Cowboy’s new headquarters. This beautiful structure was designed by world renowned light artist, Leo Villareal and contains almost 20,000 lights and is 40 feet tall. You can see the images here on the Dallas Morning News. Among his other works of art is the Bay Lights project on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. Villareal’s unique use of light as art is truly awe-inspiring.

Cutting Utility Bills in Colorado

In Colorado Springs, the Energy Resource Center is donating thousands of LED lights to citizens to help cut electric costs. LED lights are currently the most energy-efficient light source, and the residents are estimated to save a whopping $85,000 on their electric bills in the coming year alone.

Highway Safety in Virginia

Virginia’s Department of Transportation (VDOT) has proven to be a little ahead of their time by being the first to use LED lights on the fronts of their snow plows. Previously, all DOT vehicles were equipped with halogen lights in addition to regular headlights, but proved to be ineffective at seeing through blinding snow conditions. The new LED lights are literally saving the lives of DOT workers by increasing visibility, making it easier for them to see through the snow and much farther up the road.

Innovative Auto Lights

Not only are LED lights making headway with DOT vehicles, automotive experts also have plans underway to convert all vehicles from halogen to LED. The reasons for this are the extreme durability and efficiency of the lights, along with the increased visibility and driver safety features that can be enabled with this technology. Automotive News states that the plan should start rapidly taking shape toward the end of the decade.

Upgraded Street Lights

Automobiles aren’t the only things getting LED upgrades. Xcel Energy has caught on to the cost-saving benefits of the lights and is replacing street lights in the parts of Northern Michigan and Wisconsin known as the Gogebic region. LED bulbs are not only energy-efficient, but they also are more durable and have longer life spans, meaning fewer replacements.

Pedestrian Safety

LED SafetyCertain European cities are starting to install something called Smart Tactile Paving to help keep pedestrians safe. The new technology uses red and green LED lights in pavers, so that people nearing intersections will know instantly whether or not it’s safe cross the street, even when looking down at their smart phones.

LED Lights for the Home

Smart and modern, LED lights are all the rage these days. That’s why we at SnapPower use them in our products. Guidelights were designed with the savvy consumer in mind. We styled these light switch cover night lights with attractive LED elements that switch themselves on in dark spaces. Not only do they give your home a modern flare and take up zero space, they also save you money, costing only about 10¢ a year to operate.

If you’re ready to get on board with a great new trend, SnapPower has you covered (pun intended). Take a look around and spruce up your outlets!

What Are LED Lights, Anyway?

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You’ve probably heard of LED lights. You may have even purchased them at some point. But whether you know it or not, you’ve definitely seen them.

Remember the twinkling Christmas sweatshirts? Yep…LED lights.

Or how about the icicle lights hanging from your neighbor’s eaves?

Even some bulbs and light tubes are made with LED lighting.

So, what the heck is it?



LED stands for light-emitting diodes. To put it simply, they are semiconductors that turn electricity into light with the use of electron movement (Okay, so maybe not so simple).

The LED light was invented in Russia in the 1920s, but the U.S. didn’t start using them until the 1960s. Texas Instruments was the first company to patent and sell LED lights in 1962. They were first used in IBM computers, replacing the tungsten bulbs previously used. Shortly after, they were used in calculators. Today they are used in small displays such as phones and media devices, and in large displays, such as TVs and computer screens.

Technology is evolving quickly for LEDs since they’ve been found to be the most efficient light source available. Today, you can even purchase LED light bulbs for your home.

So that’s the science and history of the LED, but…

Why do we use them at SnapPower?

There are definitely some advantages to using LED lighting, and we chose them for our SnapPower Guidelights for 7 main reasons:

 

1) LED lights are much more durable than other light sources.


2) LED lights are much more energy-efficient.



LED lights beat CFL lights in efficiency by 300%. But what about incandescent lights? LED beats those in efficiency by 1,000%.  Guidelights cost less than 10¢ a year to run. They also turn themselves on and off with an innovative light-detecting sensor, so they are not continuously consuming electricity. That’s about as efficient as a light can get!

3) LED lights last much longer than other lighting.



We’re talking 50,000 hours! That beats a 60-watt bulb by about 49,000 hours. Guidelights will last at least 25 years before starting to dim.

4) LED lights are non-toxic and mercury-free.



We care about the safety and health of the families who use our products!

5) LED lights don’t attract insects.



Since they don’t emit UV light like other light sources, the creepy crawlies don’t notice them.

6) LED lights don’t get hot.



You’ll never have to worry about your little ones burning their hands on the lights, because LED lights are made to draw heat away from the light source, usually with something called a heat sink. Incandescent and halogen bulbs, on the other hand, radiate heat to the surface.

7) LED lights are resistant to shock.



Did your TV blow out with the last lightning storm? Guidelights won’t!

See why we chose them for our products at SnapPower?

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We use LED lights in our Guidelights because we simply feel they are the best lighting solution for our products. At SnapPower, we care about more than making sales. We care about the safety, efficiency, affordability and innovation of our products.

15 Ways to Reduce Your Summer Electric Bill

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Is your electric bill so high sometimes that you feel like your family has to choose between groceries and lights for the month? You’re not alone. Many people get hit with high power bills once during the summer due to energy-sucking appliances like central air conditioning units.

You may not be ready to ditch the air, but there are some other ways you can make sure your home is as energy-efficient as possible.

1) Replace Outdoor Lights with Motion Detector Lights

Instead of leaving porch lights and security lights on all night, motion detector lights will instantly come on any time they detect movement.

2) Keep Doors and Windows Closed Tightly When Using Air Conditioning

If you remember your mom yelling at you to close the door when you were little, it’s because she was trying to conserve electricity and keep the house cooler. She probably followed up with “We’re not trying to cool off the whole neighborhood!”

3) Install Ceiling Fans in Every Room

Ceiling fans use much less energy than air conditioning units. Just remember to switch them off when you leave the room.

4) Set Your Refrigerator to Between 30° and 42° F

Because refrigerators run 24/7, regulating the temperature will save you some cash.

5) Replace Your Air Conditioning and Heating Filters Regularly

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Keeping appliances running efficiently will ensure they are using the least amount of energy possible.

6) Plug Electronics into Power Strips

This way you can turn all power strips off when electronics are not being used.

7) Wash with Cold Water

When possible, using cold water for your laundry saves energy by not using the hot water heater, and except for certain stains, most laundry will come out just as clean.

8) Set Your Water Heater on 120° F

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Most water heaters are automatically set to 140°. Making this minor adjustment conserves energy while still keeping water hot enough for hot showers and washing machines.

9) Clean the Coils Behind Your Fridge

Dusty coils keep your refrigerator from running efficiently, using more energy.

10) Fill Your Freezer

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A freezer will run longer trying to cool empty space.

11) Wash Full Loads of Laundry

Running fewer loads will of course conserve electricity, not to mention, water.

12) Run the Dryer Only as Long as Needed

There are now many options available for dryers that detect moisture and shut down when clothing is dry. But if you’re not ready to make that investment, checking the dryer periodically to avoid over-drying will help to keep costs down.

13) Turn off the Dishwasher After the Wash Cycle

Allow your dishes to air dry.

14) Cook Out More Often in the Summer

Avoid using the oven as much as possible to avoid kicking your air conditioner into higher gear, and to avoid using the electricity of the appliance.

15) Install SnapPower Guidelights on all Your Electrical Outlets

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SnapPower Guidelights cost about 10¢ a year to run, while still providing functional lighting to find your way around after dark.

Conserving electricity doesn’t have to be difficult. By making a few minor changes, you can drastically reduce your monthly bill. At SnapPower, we strive to create products that not only make life easier, but save you money as well!