Switch Out Conventional Lights for Energy Efficient LED's and CFT'S. Incandescent lights are especially energy costly, and also burn out 10 to 25 times faster than energy efficient light bulbs, however pleasing to the eye they may be. Technology for LED light bulbs is improving every day, and LED lights are improving in warm tone quality constantly. Energy efficient LED's and Fluorescent lights also use about 70-90% less energy than conventional bulbs. According to the EPA, if every household were to replace one standard bulb in their house with one energy efficient bulb, the United States would save half a billion in annual energy costs, enough energy to power a small country!
Keep Electronics and Appliances Unplugged When Not in Use. You can save a lot more money than you'd think each year by doing this. According to the EPA, 75% of energy used to power home appliances is consumed when they are turned off. That's a huge portion of your electricity bill right there people! While it may be difficult to stay organized enough to do this, especially with all the appliances you may be running in your home, power strips with power switches on them can help make the job more convenient for you.
Regularly Change Your Furnace Filter. Having a clean air filter in your furnace will help keep unwanted dust out of your furnace and your home, and keep your furnace running more efficiently. Having a furnace and air conditioner tune up once each year is also another good way to keep your utility bills low and maximize your appliance's life span.
Use Less Hot Water. Water heating can account up to 18% of an average home's utility bill . Taking shorter showers and using your dishwashers and washing machines more efficiently can really help decrease your utility costs. Use your washing machines and dishwashers only when you have full loads, and when possible use settings that don't maximize heat.
Buy Appliances With Energy Star Rating Labels. When buying new appliances, make sure you're looking for ones with Energy Rating Star Labels, meaning they were rated and approved by the EPA and meet international standards for energy efficiency.
Keep Lights Off Inside and Outside Your Home. Turning lights off in unoccupied rooms and using as much of the natural daylight to light your home are good practices to save money and stay green.
Use a Smart Thermostat or Set Your Thermostat Smart. Set your thermostat so that it knocks down during the hours you are away from home. If you have pets even a few degrees will help save you money while keeping your pets comfortable.
Plant Trees Around and Inside Your Home. Using plants to shade your home can greatly help decrease energy bills. Standing under a tree during a hot summer day is noticeably cooler than standing directly under the sun. Reducing the amount of direct sun exposure to the exterior of your home can reduce your energy consumption by 35% during hot summer months. Trees and plants also help make your home more attractive from the exterior, while also making it more energy friendly.