1. Change out light bulbs. Changing out just one of your outdated incandescent bulb to an LED light could make a serious impact on your energy consumption. Imagine what can happen if you change them all.
2. Turn your computers off at night. Even on energy saving mode you are using a lot of electricity.
3. Your lighting. Make sure to turn off all unused lights throughout your home. This is a quick and easy way to save on your electric bill.
4. Install occupancy sensor switches. Convenience, energy-savings, increased safety, and lower electric bills are all reasons for installing sensors. Great areas for these sensors include mechanical rooms, laundry rooms, closets, attic area, and garages.
5. Install a smart thermostat. According to the DOE, heating and cooling is the largest expense in most homes. On average we will spend around $30,000.00 heating and cooling our home within a 20 year period. Smart thermostat can learn your habits, be controlled by your smart phone, and even be auto scheduled on temperatures you like.
6. The Dryer. Clean your lint trap and vents often and check the hose to make sure lint isn’t accumulating. This will increase efficiency and lower energy consumption. Always, dry a fill load, as drying just a few pieces actually takes longer and running an over stuffed load may take two runs.
7. Water Heaters. Water heaters are the 3rd largest electrical expense in a home. Make sure your water heater is not set to the highest temperature. In general you can turn your heater down to 120 degrees saving you energy and money.
8. The Fridge. Make sure your refrigerator is not draining power, as old fridges tend to waste a large amount of energy; if you buy a new fridge, go for an energy efficient model. Keep the doors closed and keep a full fridge as much as possible. A full fridge actually runs more efficiently.
9. The Washer. Wash only full loads and run clothing using the cold water cycle as much as possible.
10. Add an Attic Fans. In the winter, allowing a natural flow of outdoor air to ventilate the attic helps keep it cold, which reduces the potential for ice damming. In the summer, natural air flow in a well-vented attic moves super-heated air out of the attic, allowing your cooling system not to work as hard.