1. Turn off lights when not needed. Get into the habit of turning off lights when you leave a room. Leaving just one 100-watt light bulb turned on all day, every day, would cost over $87 in a year.
2. Close curtains and blinds. Windows are usually the least insulated part of a house. Blinds and curtains add an extra layer of insulation, which can really add up to big savings over the course of a year.
3. Program your programmable thermostat. Many people tend to just use the “hold” feature, which turns a programmable thermostat into a wasteful, standard thermostat. If you have a programmable thermostat, learn how to use it properly. If you don’t have one, buy an Energy Star-rated programmable thermostat.
4. Use a microwave oven to heat foods. Microwave ovens use significantly less energy to heat food than conventional stovetops and ovens. Microwaves also do not put off extra heat, resulting in less strain on your air conditioner during those hot summer months.
5. Unplug vampire devices when not in use. Vampire devices, like televisions, DVD players, stereos, and computers, still use energy even when turned off. For the equipment’s protection, they should always be plugged into a surge protector. You can then save energy by simply getting into the habit of turning off those surge protectors before bed.
6. Use your dishwasher. We often forget that a large part of our home’s energy usage can be attributed to heating water. Dishwashers are much more efficient than washing dishes by hand. Just make sure the dishwasher is completely full before turning it on.
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