There are measures you can take around your house to save energy and reduce your utility bills. The following are some tips — some simple, some more involved — from the Energy Star program and other experts:
Turn your hot water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keep your refrigerator at 37-40 degrees and freezer at 5 degrees.
Install and properly use a programmable thermostat (this can save about $180 annually).
Install low-flow fixtures.
Do only full loads in the washer and dishwasher.
Fix any leaky faucets, toilets, pipes, and your roof.
Seal heating and cooling ducts (in the typical house, about 20 percent of the air in a duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts).
Seal the “envelope” of your home – the outer walls, ceiling, windows, and floor (this can save 20 percent on heating and cooling costs).
Replace the filters on your air conditioning unit, dryer, and furnace.
Turn off ceiling fans when you’re not home.
Set ceiling fans counter-clockwise in the summer to draw cooler air upward.
Dust your refrigerator coils.
Plant shade trees to cool your home.
Request a home energy audit for more tips and advice.