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paul wheaton
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I read several things last year that were utter crap. So I started a thread on this at permies.com and this year mashed up a composite of the best:

http://www.makeitmissoula.com/2011/06/save-money-on-summer-utility-bills/


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Rahul Sudip Bose
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Biggest Utility Bill Saver: Stop Using the Clothes Dryer

I heard from friends that few people dry clothes outside in the (sunny parts of) USA. What about your state/city ?


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Jeanne Boyarsky
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#11: Use oscillating fans, pointed at the people. A fan without a person is almost always a waste of power

This one really resonates for me. My "air conditioner" is two giant fans. One in each room. The room I'm in is the one that is on unless I have company. The living room has a four foot tall oscillating fan that I can't turn on high because it is too cold. The bedroom is a three foot fan that blows on the length of my body in bad. (I like it better than an oscillating one when trying to fall asleep.) Same thing about not being able to put it on high. I was planning to buy an air conditioner "when I needed it" - hasn't happened yet.


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Rahul Sudip Bose
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See if Water/desert/evaporative coolers suits your requirements. Its quite common in warm parts of India. Wont be useful in humid conditions.

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