Control your thermostat. By just adjusting your thermostat one degree you can save around 3% on your bill. Most of your energy costs are from heating and cooling. Think about adjusting the temperature a few degrees and see the savings on your monthly bill!
Invest in energy-efficient light bulbs. These bulbs use less energy than a standard light bulb. They typically use about 25%-80% less energy and can last 3-25 times longer. 90% of the energy from traditional bulbs is given off as heat. Although energy-efficient bulbs are more expensive to buy in the store, they are worth the investment.
Visit your utility company website. They usually offer programs, useful tips and rebates that can save you money in the long run. Remember while these companies make money on you on how much energy you use, they also want you to use less energy. Many of these websites have tons of useful content that can be useful.
Use the technology that is out there. There is a variety of technology that you can utilize. One prime example is the programmable thermostat. You can save up to 35% on your heating and cooling bills when you buy and install a programmable thermostat. It is worth the investment. With a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you want heat or A/C to be on.
Knowing the peak hours can save you. Check with your utility company on what the peak hours are. Certain times of the day it will cost you more to use energy. These hours will vary based on company and where you live. For instance, if you know your peak hours, you can adjust the time you do laundry and save money every month. Imagine with all the loads of laundry a normal family does in a year. That can be major savings!
Weather Stripping. When installed properly a weather strip has the ability to keep out drafts. It will help keep out cold wind and rain from coming inside the home. It will make a big difference in your energy bills and is super easy (and inexpensive) to do.
Install a new shower head. Old shower heads generally put out more water while newer ones put out less. The new ones still provide forceful showers. These are easy to install.
Wash clothes in cold water. It takes energy to heat the water. So if you can use cold water you can see a big difference in energy costs.