Emma is a waste of money and electricity.

When my little sister was born, I was 5 and had previously been told I would always be the baby in the family.  She was a “miracle” and needless to say I was #pissed.  My parents used to harp on turning lights off to save electricity; however, they kept a light on in Emma’s room so that they could change her or feed her in the middle of the night.  I took it upon myself to inform my dad that my sister was a “waste of money and electricity,” and honestly, I still stand by that statement (sorry, Emma).

Apparently once she got tall enough to turn off her lights, I was okay with her.  Please excuse my Dr Quinn Medicine Woman hairstyle

Apparently once she got tall enough to turn off her lights, I was okay with her.  Please excuse my Dr Quinn Medicine Woman hairstyle

Managing your household electricity is an easy way to save money, and clearly I have been committed to the cause for a long time.  It’s really like a game every month to see how low I can get my bill.  Here are a few tricks I use to win the game:

1.     Your heating and air bill makes up almost 50% of your monthly electric bill.  ALWAYS turn the temperature down in the winter or up in the summer when you aren’t home.  It will make a huge difference.

2.     Turn everything off before you go to bed or leave the house.  If you really want to win the game, unplug appliances that aren’t in use.

3.     Close your blinds when you aren’t home to help with insulation.  It will keep the heat out in the summer or in during the winter.  My apartment has those really crappy vertical blinds but even those make a big difference.

4.     Cold water gets clothes just as clean as hot water and doesn’t require any additional energy.  Wash all clothes with cold water!

I promise that doing these really simple things will help you win.  I swear it’s a super fun game.