- ENERGY STAR labeled products can reduce your energy bills. When you are ready to replace your appliance, buy appliances like refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and tumble dryers, office equipment or home electronics with high or more-efficient ratings.
- Switch off electrical appliances completely when not in use. TVs use power when in standby mode. PCs use quite a bit of power, too, so consider upgrading to an energy-efficient monitor.
- Unplug electronics, battery chargers and other equipment when not in use. All together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator.
- Take steps to cut water use such as installing faucet aerators, low-flow showerheads, and low-flush toilets.
- Install patio covers, awnings, and solar window screens to shade your home from the sun. For additional future savings, use strategically planted trees, shrubs and vines to shade your home. Solar control window films applied to existing glass in windows and doors is an effective method to reduce peak demand during hot months and conserve energy anytime air conditioning might be required.
- Leaking ductwork can account for 25 percent of cooling costs in an average home, so have your ducts tested and have any leaks or restrictions repaired by a qualified contractor.
- In natural gas appliances, look for blue flames; yellow flames indicate the gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment may be needed. Consult the manufacturer or your local utility.
- Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean; they will reflect the heat better, and you will save energy.