- Turn Off The Lights And Replace Incandescent Bulbs. It only takes a few seconds to conserve energy: just remember to always turn off your lights when you leave a room. And switching to energy-efficient LED light bulbs can save you about $75 each year.
- Program Your Thermostat.
Save as much as $180 a year on your heating and cooling bills by setting your thermostat to a lower temperature when you are asleep or away from home.
- Take Shorter Showers.
Hot water is expensive. If a family of four each shortens their daily showers by 3 minutes, they could save about $80 a year.
- Unplug Unused Electronics.
Standby power can account for 10% of an average household’s annual electricity use. Unplug your DVR, stereo—and even your coffee maker—to conserve energy and save as much as $76 a year.
- Run Full Loads Of Laundry.
90% of the energy used by washing machines is for heating water. Use cold water and only wash full loads to save up to $124 a year.
- Weatherize Your Home.
Drafts can consume 5% to 30% of home energy usage. Buy or make a DIY draft stopper, or add weather-stripping and caulk leaks to improve your home’s comfort and save $38 a year.
- Use The Microwave, Crock Pot Or Toaster Oven.
A microwave takes 15 minutes to do the same job as 1 hour in an oven. Use another cooking method and save time, energy and as much as $70 a year.
Learn more about energy saving in the home from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.