1. Educate yourself to understand your utility bills and each line item and charge included in your bill. Knowledge can save you money!energybills2-200x185-1

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  2. Review your monthly bills carefully. Look for unexpected increases in your usage. This could signal a larger problem (water leak, decaying caulk around windows, etc)
  3. Install a programmable thermostat.
  4. Raise your thermostat 2 degrees in the summer and lower it 2 degrees in the winter. Wear a sweater when you’re cold
  5. Take advantage of ON-DEMAND conservation if your utility companies offer it. Mine credits my bill $5 during the warmest months ($20 annually) by switching on and off my units with no adverse effect to my homes cooling
  6. UNPLUG anything plugged into an electrical outlet pulls current even when it is turned off. Unplug anything you can when it is not in use!
  7. Yes, your father was right! TURN OFF THE LIGHT when you leave a room. This goes for computers too.
  8. Pay your bill automatically via your checking account. You’ll save the price of a stamp each month and never make a late payment. Plus, this is a free service
  9. Take advantage of energy audits if offered by your utility company. They’ll suggest ways to reduce your energy consumption. They are generally free
  10. Use high-efficiency lighting by replacing your incandescent bulbs with CFL light bulbs
  11. Close blinds and curtains during the hottest part of the day to reduce superheating your home. This works well in the winter months to keep out the cold at night!
  12. When replacing appliances, purchase the most energy-efficient you can afford.
  13. Showers use less water than baths
  14. Collect water in a container to water your plants while waiting for the water to heat up for your shower.
  15. Install low flow showerheads.
  16. Employ a timer when taking a shower to reduce the amount of water that goes down the drain.
  17. Reduce the water in your washing machine to match the size of the load. Wash only full loads. Wash in cold water whenever possible.
  18. When possible, allow clothes to air or line dry.
  19. Sign up for the budget plan, if your utility company offers it. The budget plans, bills you a set amount for a set period of time (usually 6 months) calculated from your previous utilization. This helps you avoid a nasty $400 bill when you least expect it. It’s easier to budget your energy costs.
  20. In the summertime, grill outdoors more to keep the kitchen cool.  In the winter, open the oven door after cooking to use the residual heat to warm the room.