Turn off lights, TVs, computers and other electronics when not in use.
Plug electronics into a power strip and turn the strip off when not in use.
Set your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees.
Keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow sunlight to enter and closed at night to reduce the chill from cold windows. In the summer, keep the window coverings closed during the day to prevent solar gain.
Low Cost Tips
Seal air leaks inside and around the exterior of your home. Check around fixtures that penetrate walls, such as exhaust fans and electrical outlets. Look for unfilled gaps and cracks near dryer vents, chimneys and faucet pipes.
Seal leaks between moving parts with weather stripping, such as between a door and its frame. Caulk cracks between windows and walls, as well as around door frames.
Seal and insulate ducts that move air to and from your forced air furnace or heat pump.
Have your furnace checked by a professional to make sure it's operating safely and at its optimal level.
Change your furnace filters monthly.
Use a programmable thermostat to automatically raise and lower home temperatures for energy savings by day and night.
Install ceiling fans in frequently-used rooms.
Make the switch to efficient LED lighting.
Replace a furnace that is 15 years old or more with a more efficient model.
Plant trees and shrubs that can serve as a windbreak during the winter months or provide shade to your home during the summer months.
Use light-colored shingles on roof versus dark-colored.
Install high-efficiency, double-paned windows.
Purchase an energy-saving laptop instead of a desktop computer.
Add insulation in the attic or walls to create a more uniform temperature throughout your home.
Choose ENERGY STAR qualified appliances, including dishwashers, refrigerators, clothes washers and more.