Consider installing a programmable thermostat. Instead of running the air conditioner or furnace when you are not home, you can set the thermostat to turn them on an hour before you are home and you can still live in comfort. The cost of a programmable thermostat can range between $25.00 to $75.00, but in the long run, it can save you hundreds of dollars on your electric bill.
Don’t use Dishwasher’s Heat Dry Cycle
The heat dry cycle only wastes energy. The dishes will air dry within a few hours. Run your dishwasher at night and your dishes should be dry in the morning. If there is a little water in some bowls, just towel dry.
Use cold water cycle on washing machine
90% of the energy expended by your washing machine goes into heating the water. Your laundry will be just as clean if you use cool or lukewarm water for the majority of your laundry, and save the hot water for whites.
Insulate your hot water heater
Check to see if your water heater is noticeably warm. If so, it is not well insulated. Did you know that not only do you pay for actual hot water consumption, you also pay for heat lost form the water heater into the surrounding area. A water heater insulation blanket can save you up to nine percent on water heating costs.
Air dry your clothes on a clothesline
If you use your clothesline to air dry your clothes in the warm weather you will save at least $100.00 each year on your electric bill.
Use Power Strips
Even when an appliance is off it continues to draw an idle electrical current. Some devices even draw the same amount of power turned off as they do when they are on. The use of power strips will reduce standby energy consumption. Plug televisions, stereos, DVD players, computers, printers, modems etc. into power strips which allow you to disconnect the power supply to multiple appliances at the touch of a button.
Clean Refrigerator Coils
The condenser coils at the back of your refrigerator should be wiped clean of dust and dirt at least three times a year (be sure to unplug it first). Your refrigerator will run more efficiently on less electricity if coils are kept clean.
Install Dimmer Switches
Reduce electricity usage with dimmer switches, which multiply bulb life up to twelve times the amount of standard light switches.
Use Automatic Timer
Set lights on an automatic timer when you go away for more than a day.
Clean light fixtures
Dirty light fixtures decrease the amount of light reaching all areas of the room. Keep them clean to prevent turning on more lights than are actually necessary.
Install an Attic Fan
Check the temperature in your attic. If it is over 120 F in the summer, you might want to look into an attic fan. An attic fan will allow warmer attic air to flow out of the attic. Warmer air in the house will than be pushed into the attic keeping the house cooler.
Keep Oven Door Closed
Resist the temptation to peek inside the oven every five minutes. Your oven loses 25 degrees of heat each time you open the door.
Use an Electric Skillet or Toaster Oven
Use an electric skillet or toaster oven for cooking and baking in small quantities. They use less energy than standard-sized ovens and won’t heat up the kitchen. Microwaves used in cooking/reheating of modest amounts of food will generate the least heat of hall while saving you up to 80% in utility bills.
Dry Clothes in Consecutive Loads
Drying clothes in consecutive loads will save energy, as a dryer retains heat from one load to the next.
Take A Shower
Take a shower instead of a bath. A five minute shower consumes from 4 to 8 gallons of hot water. A bath uses 20 gallons or more.