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5 ways to slash home energy bills

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Don’t panic if high home energy bills are blowing a hole in your budget. Lower cooling, heating and water costs are within your reach.

Obvious steps to conserve energy include turning off the lights when leaving a room, limiting the amount of time spent in the shower, and running the clothes washer/dryer and dishwasher only when they’re full.

But there are also less apparent ways to save. Following are five ways to lower energy consumption and utility bills.