Military and saving on energy expenses

Asked September 3, 2013, 8:22 PM EDT

How can military families lower their energy costs in on-base housing when they can’t swap out any appliances or change the house itself?

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Many service members live in on-base housing that cannot be structurally modified, leaving fewer opportunities to lower energy costs compared to an off-base residence. Still, there are strategies to save some money on utility bills. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), families could save around $10 every month by simply unplugging seldom-used appliances. Unplugging chargers when not in use and using power strips to turn off televisions, stereos, and home theater equipment can also make a difference. Even when electronic devices are off, they are still consuming electricity while plugged in. Other high-impact energy saving strategies include:

  • turning the thermostat down just a few degrees in the winter
  • using fans instead of air conditioners in the summer
  • running washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers during off-peak hours
For more information about free, easy ways to lower your electric bill, refer to nrdc.org/air/energy/genergy.asp.