1. Adjust Your Water Heater Settings: reducing heat to 120 degrees reduces energy loss.
2. Change Your Shower Head: Newer low-flow shower heads cut down on wasted water saving you money.
3. Turn Down The Thermostat: Lower your heat to 65 degrees or less or turn off your air conditioner when you aren't home. Better yet, change to a programmable thermostat and set it to heat or cool your home 30 minutes before your arrival.
4. Run Appliances At Night: Avoid peak hours to save money. It is also less expensive to run a full dishwasher or washing machine than to do two smaller loads.
5. Unplug Electronics: Even when not in use small appliances, phone and computer chargers draw energy. Unplug them or utilize a surge protector you can switch off.
6. Skip Paper Towels: Opting for reusable microfiber cloths will be more effective and less expensive than replacing paper towels.
7. Energy Saver Bulbs: Replacing your regular light bulbs with energy efficient ones will dramatically lower costs. If you have dimmer switches--use them! That is another easy way to save energy and money.
8. Buy In Bulk: Investing in a membership at a bulk store may prove beneficial to your household. You can save further by splitting costs and products with a friend.
9. Fix Leaking Faucets: Dripping taps and running toilets are huge money wasters. Fixing them will make a dramatic difference in your utility bill.
10. Draw The Curtains: Thick curtains help keep heat (or a/c) in your home where you want it. Close the curtains whenever you can to prevent drafts.
11. Don't Throw Money Out The Window: While you're at it, repair or replace any windows and doors that are excessively drafty. Heat loss through windows is probably the number one cost culprit.
12. Keep Inside Doors Closed: Remember to close your closet and cupboard doors to minimize the square footage you need to heat or cool.
13. Buy Rechargeable Batteries: The initial investment may be greater but you will save in the long run.
14. Heating Price Cap: Ask your utility company about winter heating programs that cap your monthly payments. You will pay a set rate during the colder months which will likely be much less than paying for actual usage. Often times you can go off of these programs in the warmer months for even greater savings.
15. Upgrade Appliances: If you can afford to invest in more energy efficient appliances, do so. The return on your investment will be evident in your monthly utility bills.