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Get an Energy Audit
Many utility companies offer a free home energy audit to customers, and it's well worth taking advantage of. If there's no such program in your area, conduct your own energy audit instead. It'll clue you into areas where you could trim your energy use.
Install Dimmer Switches
The key to saving energy is within reach! When you install dimmer switches, you can use only as much light as you need.
Keep Your Fridge and Freezer Full
Everyone always tells you to keep the fridge closed. But did you know that keeping your fridge and freezer full can also save money? Food acts as insulation and lessens the amount of time that the fridge has to run to stay cool.
Install Ceiling Fans
Keep the air circulating in your home, and your air conditioner won't have to work as hard.
Line Dry Your Laundry
Set up a clothesline in your backyard, and let Mother Nature dry your laundry. If this isn't an option, consider hanging clothes on a drying rack or the shower rod.
Eliminate Phantom Loads
A shocking 75 percent of the energy used by home electronics is consumed when they're turned off. These "phantom" users include televisions, VCRs, stereos, computers and many kitchen appliances—basically anything that holds a time or other settings. A simple solution? Plug all of these items into power strips; then, get in the habit of turning off the strips between uses.
Install an Attic Fan
It'll pull cool air into your home, and help to remove the hot air.
Shield Your Home From the Sun
Cut down on your air conditioning use by closing curtains and blinds on the sunny side of your home. For even more savings, consider installing tinted window film.
Schedule Yearly HVAC Maintenance
ncrease the efficiency of your HVAC system by having it inspected and cleaned once a year. Added bonus: cleaner air in your home.
Change Your Filters Regularly
Keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency by changing the filter every 30 days.
Switch to LEDs
LED light bulbs use 90 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. Switch out the most widely used bulbs in your home. Then, replace the rest as they burn out.
Landscape for Shade
Plant trees to shade your home, and your air conditioning won't have to work as hard.
Lower the Temperature on Your Hot Water Heater
13 percent of your home's electricity goes to heating water. You can lower this percentage, by setting your hot water heater to 130-140 degrees. For even more savings, install an insulation jacket, and insulate the first six feet of piping that comes off of your heater.
Use Smart Strips
Replace you regular surge protectors with Smart Strip surge protectors, which automatically turn off power to plugs that are not in use. Then, say goodbye to those phantom energy users.
Remove Sediment From Your Hot Water Heater
Sediment buildup in your hot water heater can reduce the efficiency of the heating elements. Use the valve on the side of your hot water heater to drain the sediment twice yearly.
Use Insulating Paint
Go high tech, and paint your home (inside and out) with insulated paint. You can now purchase a ceramic additive that turns ordinary paint into insulated paint.