power down with efficient appliances
Energy prices may be plunging, but that's no excuse to take your eye off the utility bill. A few winter storms and a sweltering summer can easily push "amount owed" into outrageous territory. Sure, you can unplug electronics when not in use or install smart power strips and save some dough. A few strategic purchases, though, can shave more than $600 a year off your electric bill.
Cheapism.com turned to Enervee to determine the potential savings from energy-efficient appliances. The site compares the energy efficiency of individual products and estimates the energy cost for each -- we plugged in the average national rate -- and then factors in the purchase price (including rebates, when applicable) to arrive at the true total cost.