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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: The installation '$, 2001' by Tim Noble and Sue Webster's which is going on show at Sotheby's with and estimated value of £100,00-150,00, on June 8, 2015 in London, England. The work forms part of an exhibition of 21 pieces inspired by the US Dollar which are estimated to have a total value of £50 million and will go under offer by the auction house on 1st and 2nd July 2015. (Photo by Mary Turner/Getty Images)

Being stuck at home comes with positives and negatives. The positive is that I’m not spending as much at the bars, but the negative, my energy bill has definitely gone up.

The stay home order is still in effect in NC, so if we have to stay home right now, here are some tips on how to stay home, but not rack up your energy bill.

  • Turn down your water heater

    • Reduce the 140-degree default setting to 120 degrees to save up to $61 per year
  • Use your dryer efficiently

    • Dyers take up 9% of your energy bill so make sure you’re not drying loads that are too big or too small
  • Check your windows

    • make sure your windows are closed and no air is being let out or in to save money.
  • Use your ceiling fan more often.

    • While air conditioning costs about 36 cents an hour, Love says, a ceiling fan only costs about a penny an hour.
  • Switch out lightbulbs

    • LED light bulbs use way less energy
  • Turn off your unused appliances.

    • Don’t leave all your appliances on if you’re not using them.