Stay in the dark.
Turn off your lights when you leave the room—even if you'll only be gone for a moment. Contemporary light bulbs require very little energy to turn "on."
Install ceiling fans to keep cool air circulating so you can turn down your air conditioner. Still, make sure to turn off your fan when you leave the room.
Insulate water heater.
Just like you, your water heater loves to snuggle up in a warm blanket during the winter months. So be a friend and keep your heater happy and your home warm.
Be finicky about filters.
Make sure to regularly change the air filters on your HVAC system (at least once per month). Old, clogged filters are far less efficient than new ones.
Invest in efficiency.
Energy efficient appliances and light bulbs may cost a bit more up front, but they can save big money over the life of the product. Plus, some energy efficient equipment may be eligible for rebates to offset the initial cost.
No matter how cold it gets out there, the polar vortex is no match for the power of sunlight. Keep your blinds open during sunning hours to optimize your heat-to-happiness ratio.
Plant a tree.
Create your own shade by planting a tree in a strategic location in your yard to block sunlight from pouring into your windows. It doesn't get much more green than a tree!
Get with the program.
A programmable thermostat can help you save big on energy costs, adjusting the temperature when you're at work, at play, or asleep.
Stay out of hot water.
Set your hot water heater to no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This isn't just energy smart—it's also safer, since it reduces the likelihood of accidental burns.
Use lids on stovetop.
Put a lid on it! Seriously, covering your pots and pans with lids while you’re cooking speeds up cooking time and keeps the heat where you need it most.
Rather than crank up your heat in the winter, keep your thermostat at a moderate level and bundle up. (Who doesn't love fuzzy slippers?)
Consider a major change.
Want to make a strong statement about energy efficiency? Consider whether your home might be a good candidate for a green roof, solar panels, or a geothermal system.
Insulate, insulate, insulate.
What's the point in filling your home with cool or warm air, only to have it disappear? Invest in high quality insulation to help keep temperature-controlled air where it belongs.
Stop the leaks.
Have your home evaluated for leaky ducts, drafts around doors and windows, fireplace dampers, and other places where air might escape.
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