Higher Electricity Bills in our Future?

Are you the type that has to make sure that all lights are turned off in every room all the time? I think I got this ‘tick’ from my dad. We’ve been staying with him this summer and it brings back memories as he barks at us to turn off lights.

How about this headline – Americans Face Jump In Electricity Bills Due To Proposed EPA Regulations.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed sweeping regulations that would require states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity sector by an average of 30 percent nationally. This costly plan is another step in the administration’s policies designed to eliminate low cost and reliable electricity and replace it with expensive and less reliable sources. The impact of this regulation will be felt by all Americans.

There is nothing worse then the feeling that you can’t pay your electricty bill. Hubby and I were in the poor house after we were first married and he was still in school. We were always behind in our bills and did everything we could to stay afloat. Winter was SO hard I remember being in tears after checking out my heating and electricity bills. I just can’t imagine what will happen to families when prices climb.

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5 Easy Ways to Reduce the Cost of Car Ownership

The expense of owning a car can have a significant influence on a budget. Drivers must consider the cost of auto insurance, maintenance and fuel. Here are five easy ways to reduce the cost of car ownership.

Develop Efficient Driving Habits

In most instances, an aggressive driving style will lead to a notable decrease in fuel efficiency. When traveling on the highway, drivers should avoid speeding. Typically, most vehicles get the best gas mileage when traveling at speeds lower than 60 miles per hour. By using a more patient driving style, car owners can actually reduce fuel consumption by more than 30 percent.

Install Additional Safety Features

Most car insurance companies offer big discounts to drivers who have installed or upgraded safety components on their vehicle. The list of upgraded safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, rear-view cameras, blind-spot detection systems and anti-theft technology. For more information, speak to a local insurance agent.

Do-It-Yourself Repairs

Car owners can save a lot of money by working on their own vehicle. While most car owners are unable to perform major repair work, they should be able to handle the basic maintenance items. Some of the easier tasks include changing the motor oil, replacing the air filter, installing new spark plugs, and replacing the windshield wipers. Some car forums actually provide step-by-step tutorials for certain repairs.

Purchase Replacement Parts from a Salvage Yard

Some car parts do not need to be purchased new. In the event that a vehicle is involved in a minor fender-bender, the replacement parts can be purchased from a salvage yard. Although these parts are used, most of the items are in great condition.

Purchase a Pre-owned Vehicle

While most people love the thought of driving a brand-new vehicle, a well-maintained used car can be just as appealing. Not only will a used vehicle cost a lot less money, but certified pre-owned vehicles also come with an extended warranty. The money saved can be used to pay some other important household bills.

Keep the Tires Inflated to the Recommended Pressure

In order to prevent excessive tire wear, the tires need to remain properly inflated at all times. Proper tire care can double the life expectancy of a set of tires. Keeping the tires inflated to the recommended pressure will also help the vehicle to deliver the optimum gas mileage.

Are you using any of these ideas?

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