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    Little things that waste money...

    1) Fridge running inefficiently: due to dust build up on the coils next to the motor or ice building up between the freezer and fridge. Both cause the motor to work harder, wasting more electricity. I take off the fridge grill and use an old toothbrush to clean off the dust. Also, putting your fridge settings lower will discourage ice build up.

    2) Empty fridge: Food is an insulator so stock up your fridge and it won't have to run so often. I normally put my cans/jars in the fridge, even if they are unopened to keep more of the cool in.

    3) Car: tires not properly inflated. You get less MPG.

    4) Driving: aggressive driving usually burns more fuel.
    5) A/C in the car: burns more fuel. I put mine on low and crack the window for air circulation.

    6) Stove: boiling water on the stove is a waste. Invest in an electric kettle. It will still use electricity but less than on a stove top.

    7) House A/C: shut your shades! Your cooling the air while letting heat in.

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    Some really good ideas! Thank you!

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    yes, a/c in the car should only be used when going over 55. Under 55 it is more efficient to open a window.

    Boiling water - 1 cup is more efficient in the microwave, 2 cups more efficient in an electric kettle ( I measured it.)

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    These are very handy! Thanks!

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    *Boiling food without the lid on.... let's heat escape and takes longer - pasta with lid off 8-12 minutes with lid on 5-9 minutes

    *leaving computer go to sleep instead of turning it off and unpluging

    *buy drinks while on the road

    * letting the pool pump run 8 hours when it only really needs 3/4.

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    Throwing out leftovers; have a "soup ingredients" container in the freezer. One spoon of corn, green beans, a bit of gravy, etc. Or prepare a leftover plate to take for lunch or freeze for later.

    Soap slivers: put in an old pump container with some water, shake occassionally until dissolved and use like regular pump soap.

    I have an electric kettle & love it!

    I like this thread.

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    Leaving your car running while stopped for more than 30 seconds or so (not counting stop lights in traffic, of course!). If you are at the bank teller drive up, picking up the kids from school and waiting in line, etc, turn that car off!

    Can't tell you how many folks I see in the pick up line for our kindergartners who sit in line with the engine on- 5-10 minutes at a time, twice a day. What a waste!

    Info about idling- says for every 2 minutes you idle, it's like burnig 1 mile's worth of gas:

    Idling Your Car

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    1 mile of gas is about 12 cents. I'll gladly pay the 12 cents for a couple of minutes of air conditioning in this weather... but I live in Florida!

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    Hehe- I feel the same thing when they talk about not 'warming it up' for more than 30 seconds in the cold weather- the author obviously never spent a winter in New Hampshire!

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    Free feeding pets then having vet bills due to obesity. Read the label, measure the food, then consult vet about their weight as pet food companies give averages and your vet can evaluate your pet specifically based on its body frame/breed/current status.

    Treats for pets bought on impulse that aren't even good for the pet, full of sugar and junk just like "people treats" are. Love your pet, don't give them junky treats from the dollar store, its not being nice to them.

    Leaving porch light on all day. (I see this in our neighborhoods all the time)

    Running the water while brushing teeth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjarrett View Post
    6) Stove: boiling water on the stove is a waste. Invest in an electric kettle. It will still use electricity but less than on a stove top.
    Did the source of your info state if the stove was electric or gas?

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    this is a great thread. thanks for the info. I have an electric kettle and love it. I just like how quick it is to boil water.
    I like to keep a cooler in my car in the summer. I have made fresh lemonade and put it in a glass pitcher that has a lid.

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    This is a great thread.....
    don't know if it has been said or not but here our waste is tv or lights on no one in the room ( drives me bonkers)

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    Great tips!!!!!

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    I forgot a big one:
    washing clothes when you've worn them only once.
    Unless it's actually dirty, smells or has wrinkles, you can probably wear it again. The only exception to this is underwear.

    Might seem gross, but I wear my jeans for around 2 months before washing them. It keeps them in perfect condition. I still have a pair from almost 6 years ago.

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