1. Use ceiling or circular fans when cooling your house rather than cranking on the air conditioner or central air.
Use stand-alone fans cost less than turning on your air conditioner. It sometimes can take several minute so an hour to cool your house down. I usually turn on a fan and close my room door instead wasting energy using the AC.
2. Weatherize your home
There are so many ways cold air can get into your house in the winter. Cold air can penetrate your home through holes, cracks, doors and windows alike. The best way to alleviate this issue is to insulate your home and use weather-stripping to minimize air escaping your home. This can keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter lowering your utility cost. A lot of people fail to realize there a government programs that will come out and do this for free.
3. Change your air filter every 3-4 months
Changing your filter for your furnace/central air keeps your system running at optimal performance. Dirty filters block air flow, causing your furnace and central air conditioning to work harder and less economically.
4. Reduce your water heater temperature
Heating water can account for 20% of your utility bill. Most water heaters are set higher than necessary. Lower your water heater setting to 100-120 degrees Fahrenheit to save energy and money.
5. Install a programmable thermostat
I usually set my thermostat to 67 degrees F in the winter to reducing constantly heating my home. I use thick cover and close my room door in order to stay warm. A programmable thermostat learns your day-to-day schedule so you won’t have set it throughout the day. This can help your save $180 a year in energy cost.
6. Use LEDs and CFLs bulbs
Lighting represents about 20% of your home’s electricity bill. CFLs and LEDs use up to 75% less energy without sacrificing light output. LED’s are a great investment and can last 25 years longer than regular light bulbs.
7. Do laundry and water lawns in off-peak hours
Call you utility providers and see when off-peak hours are, these are times where heat, water, and electricity usage are lower rates than normal this is the best time to do costly chores.
8. Turn of lights and products when you’re not using them
A pet peeve of mine is having someone turn on every light in the house when they’re not using it. It’s always best to turn off lights when you’re not in the room. Unplug appliances and other products when not in use it saves a ton on your utility bill.
9. Home Energy Consultation
See if your energy provider has home energy consultation program. They come out change your light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs, insulate pipes, and give a few knick knacks to help preserve energy. This is usually free service.
10. Faucet Aerators
Aerators are energy efficient and reduce water use. They also have these for showers which can increase your energy efficiency and save you a ton a money on utility bills.