It's no secret electricity bills aren't cheap.  We've found a few appliances around your home you might not have realized are costing you money and lots of energy.

FIGURING OUT WHAT IS ACTUALLY DRAINING YOUR BUDGET

Of all the bills in my adult life, the electric bill scares me the most.  It's almost always unpredictable and you can't often control the energy exerted on a monthly basis.

Have you ever heard of energy vampires?

According to shoptexaselectricity.com;

Vampire appliances are those that drain electricity even when you switch them off but leave them plugged in. They contribute to phantom load bills, equal to almost 23% of the total energy consumption.

These devices and electronics are phone and laptop charges and entertainment devices like game consoles, TV units, DVR, etc. Remove them from the electrical sockets immediately after charging to 100% or when switching them off.

Or, if you use power strips or surge protectors, you can use them to turn off many devices at once. You don’t have to unplug these large energy hogs.

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3 APPLIANCES THAT ARE SUCKING ENERGY & MONEY FROM YOUR HOME

Some appliances are quite obvious when you think of taking up lots of power or costing a lot of money.  I found three that I never even thought about that are constantly in use in many of our homes.

  • Fans- My husband and I have to have a fan to sleep with at night.  A lot of time my husband forgets to turn it off during the day so it runs.  The extra energy cost is over $100 a year.
  • 24/7 Lights-Once again my husband likes to leave lights on everywhere.  I have no idea why but he does.  This will cost you around $75 extra a year.
  • Television-At least one tv is on in our home all the time.  We even leave it on for our puppies.  The cost is not nearly as much but still turning off that tube can save you anywhere from $2-$50 a year.

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