Thursday, May 23 2013 6:07 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:07:26 GMT
Many parents do their best to save money entertaining and clothing their children. Here is how to save at many local shops around town - and it won't cost you a dime. It's been five years since Kate HallMore >>
Along with money-saving articles, RichmondMom.com offers the savvy saver card. It was created to save you money while helping local businesses make it through the recession.More >>
Friday, May 10 2013 5:45 PM EDT2013-05-10 21:45:06 GMT
The battle of generic verses brand name goes on! Today, we're testing tuna to find out which can has the best value. There's a lot of competition in world of canned tuna. I found three name brands - BumbleMore >>
The battle of generic verses brand name goes on! Today, we're testing tuna to find out which can has the best value.More >>
Friday, May 3 2013 5:27 PM EDT2013-05-03 21:27:16 GMT
NBC12 is on your side, helping you score the best deals on groceries. Last week, it was peaches. This week - green beans. I bought six different brands of green beans. Del Monte and Green Giant are nameMore >>
NBC12 is on your side, helping you score the best deals on groceries. Last week, it was peaches. This week - green beans.More >>
Thursday, May 2 2013 5:39 PM EDT2013-05-02 21:39:15 GMT
Summer heat could hit any day, so now's the time to figure out how you can cut costs on your power bill. Here is a list of the top five things in your house that are sucking dollars out of your wallet. 1.More >>
Summer heat could hit any day, so now's the time to figure out how you can cut costs on your power bill. Here is a list of the top five things in your house that are sucking dollars out of your wallet.More >>
Friday, April 26 2013 5:20 PM EDT2013-04-26 21:20:06 GMT
NBC12 goes the distance to find the real difference between name brand and generic products. Every time you're in the grocery store, you have to choose: buy the name brand and pay more or save with theMore >>
Every time you're in the grocery store, you have to choose: buy the name brand and pay more or save with the generic.More >>
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Check your power bill -- and pay close attention to what's eating up most of the energy. For most customers, almost half the annual utility spending goes toward eating and AC. To lower that cost, seal your ductwork, change your filter and install a programmable thermostat.
The average hot water tank drains $40 a month. It becomes inefficient if the temperature is set above the standard 140 degrees. You can lose up to $50 a year.
Large appliances account for 13% of your total bill. All of mine are Energy Star, so they use about 30% less electricity than older models. My refrigerator only costs about $5 a month to run. I love my top load washer, but it can use twice as much energy as a front loader. Hot/warm loads cost 89 cents a load, if I switched to cold the price drops to 26 cents. The dryer runs about 50 cents a load.
Lighting uses almost as much energy as large appliances. Replacing incandescent bulbs with CFL's will cut your lighting expenses by two thirds.
Computers, TVs and DVD players make up the smallest portion of your bill. This 50 inch plasma only costs about $4 a month with average viewing times. The computer uses even less.
And then there's everything else like phone chargers, the coffeepot, cable boxes and video games...altogether they only account for about $20 of my bill.
So when it comes to lowering my power bill, I'm going to concentrate on heating, cooling and my hot water tank and then I'll worry about the smaller stuff.