Every home and business depends upon utilities such as electric and natural gas to meet basic everyday needs. Energy conservation practices can reduce energy consumption and save money on utility bills.
Install Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) to replace incandescent light bulbs. CFLs use 75% less electricity to produce the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs and last approximately ten times longer. Also remember to turn off lights when exiting a room, and even consider relying on natural light alone during the day.
Turn off and unplug electronic devices and chargers when not in use. Most electronic devices use electricity even when they are switched off.
Adjust the temperature. During the winter, set your thermostat to as low as is comfortable when you are home and awake, and turn it back several degrees when you are asleep or out of the house. In the summer, set your thermostat to as warm as is comfortable when you are home and awake, and turn it up several degrees when you are asleep or out of the house. Also consider installing a low-cost programmable thermostat.
Take advantage of heat from the sun during cold months and close blinds during warmer months. Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home during the winter, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows. During the summer, close blinds when you are not at home to keep the sun from warming your house.
Find and seal leaks. Seal and/or caulk leaky doors and windows, and gaps around chimneys. Also install foam gaskets behind outlet covers.
Maintain your heating and cooling system(s). Replace your furnace and air conditioning filters once a month, and schedule service for your heating and cooling system(s) to find out what maintenance is required to keep the system(s) operating efficiently.
Check out the links below to find additional energy conservation tips and efficiency resources. The Home Energy Yardstick and the Home Energy Saver Tool can even help assess your home's annual energy usage and provide recommendations on increasing efficiency.