Cooling down:

     - Make energy saving automatic. Set your thermostat fan switch to "auto" to save energy. Leaving it in the "on" position, keeps air running constantly.

     - Switch your ceiling fan. Turn in a counter clockwise direction In the summer; in the winter, run it at low speed, but clockwise     

     - Close unused air vents. If you have central AC you can close air vent in rooms you're not using so you're not paying to cool them.

     - Plant trees. Provide shade on the sunny side of your home.

Warming up:

     - Close the flue in your fireplace. Install glass doors to keep in the warm air.

     - Limit your use of portable heaters. They’re great for "spot" heating, but running a 1,500-watt heater 24/7 can be expensive.

     - Change the filters. Heating & cooling system filters every 2-3 months for optimum efficiency.

     - Heat your home with the sun's help. Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime And consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source.


     - Replace your five most-used light fixtures and/or bulbs. Use ENERGY STAR® products. If every American did so, we would save about $8 billion per year in energy costs.     

     - Consider using timers. Turn lights on in the morning and off during the day.

     - Use motion-detector lights. For all your outdoor lighting needs – they are convenient and efficient.


     - Keep your freezer full. It uses less energy than an empty one. For maximum savings, consider filling your freezer with gallon containers of water.

     - Choose energy-efficient appliances. They don’t just save you money, but they’re good for the environment because they use less energy.

     - Clean the dryer lint filter before every load to keep your dryer running efficiently.

     - Set your dishwashers on economy mode, to use less water and electricity.

Hot water:     

     - Turn off your water heater. If you are vacating the home for a few days. Most models will reheat the water to the set temperature in about an hour.

     - Reduce your water heater temperature. Setting from 140 degrees to 120 degrees — it will save you money while keeping water hot enough for showers and cleaning dishes.     

     - Insulate the first six feet of the hot and cold water pipes. Connected to the water heater. It’ll keep your comfort high and your energy bills low.

     - Get an insulation wrap to help your old water heater heat in more effectively.


     - Plug electronics into a power strip. Turn the strip off when not in use to save in energy costs.

     - Avoid energy vampires. Even when they’re turned off, home electronics in “standby” mode use energy to power features like clock displays.

     - Look for ENERGY STAR appliances. They are up to 30 percent more efficient

     - Consider a laptop. The next time you are looking to buy a computer – they use less energy than desktop computers.