Relocate Air Conditioner —Do not let the air conditioner bake in the sun. Room air conditioners work best when kept out of direct sunlight. Install them near shady trees or on the north side of the house if possible.
Clean Air Conditioner Filters — Clean filters regularly, while keep the front and back of air conditioners unobstructed.
Delay Heat-Producing Tasks — Such as dish washing, baking, or doing laundry, until the cooler evening hours.
Use An Exhaust Fan — Blow hot air out of your kitchen while cooking. The reduction in your cooling costs far outweighs the cost of using a fan.
Opt Out of an Air Conditioner — Open windows on opposite sides of the house for cross-ventilation.
Use Fans — At night use fans to draw in cooler night air. Close the windows during the day to keep the cooler air in.
Close Window Blinds or Drapes — During the day, sunlight shining in windows usually adds the largest amount of unwanted summertime heat. During the hottest weather, keep windows closed to keep hot air from blowing into your home. Open windows to allow cooler air in during the evening and early in the morning.
Seal Leaks — Seal gaps along the sides of your air conditioner to keep the outside air from seeping in.
If You Are Going To Buy A Room Air Conditioner — Look for the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR® room air conditioners exceed minimum federal standards for energy consumption by at least 10%.
Plant Trees — Shade from branches blocks heat from your windows and roof.
Stove Top — Use the smallest burner necessary to do the job. Match your pan size to the burner size. For example, a 6″ pan on an 8″ burner can waste over 40% of the heat produced by the burner.
Oven — While cooking, avoid “peeking” by opening the oven door. Each “peek” can lower the oven temperature.
— Cook several dishes simultaneously in the oven.
— Consider using a microwave instead of a conventional oven whenever possible.
Refrigerator — Reduce your annual energy bill by as much as $100 by unplugging and properly disposing of your unneeded refrigerators.
— Keep refrigerator coils clean.
— Leave a lit flashlight inside a closed appliance; if you see light around the gasket, replace the gasket.
Clothes Washers & Dryers — Use lower temperature settings on your washing machine.
— Load the washing machine to capacity. Washing one large load will take less energy than washing two loads on a low or medium setting.
— Dry full loads when possible, but be careful not to overfill the dryer.
— If you have room, you can also hang your clothes out to dry.
— Clean the dryer filter after each use.
Dishwashers — Operate your dishwasher at full capacity. And if the manufacturer’s instructions permit, open the door of the dishwasher at the end of the last rinse cycle, rather than using the drying cycle.
— If your dishes are only slightly dirty, you can use the light or energy-saving wash cycle, it uses less water and runs for a shorter period of time.
Water Heaters — Set your water heater thermostat at the lowest temperature that provides you with sufficient hot water. If you use a lot of hot water, you may need to set the temperature higher to provide enough hot water for your needs.
Select Products With the ENERGY STAR® Label — When buying new appliances for your home. You could save 5-25% in operating costs.
Turn off lights — Whenever they are not needed.
Reduce Wattage — For fixtures with multiple light bulbs consider reducing the wattage on each of the lightbulbs used.
Consider Using PhotoCells For Outdoor Lighting — Photocells are sensors that detect light. Thus, outdoor lights are turned on when it is dark out, saving money during the day.
Use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) or Light Emitting Diods (LEDs) — Which can give the same amount and quality of light as incandescent bulbs. CFLs use 75% less energy (saving up to $100/year per home) and last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs consume one-sixth the energy of incandescents and last up to 25 times longer.
Look for the ENERGY STAR® label — When looking for lighting fixtures, these fixtures meet federal energy-efficiency and quality guidelines, without a sacrifice in performance. These lights also operate at cooler temperatures.
Replace Halogen Floor Lamps — Use compact fluorescent models. Halogen floor lamps pose a fire hazard due to the extremely hot temperatures produced by the high-wattage bulbs and cost more to operate. An energy-efficient compact fluorescent model produces as much light, runs cooler, and uses only a fraction of the electricity.
Use Motion Detectors Outdoors — Lights turn only when someone is walking near the house. This will save energy while providing security.
Reduce Phantom Load — Many appliances continue to draw power when they are switched off. These “phantom” loads occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as VCRs, televisions, stereos, computers, and kitchen appliances. Plug devices into a power strip and switch it off when the devices are not in use.
Close Off Parts of Your House Not In Use — Should you have a guest room or an office that are infreqnetly used, shut doors to save money on heating and cooling costs.
Borrow an Electricity Monitor — Kill-A-Watt electricity monitors are available from your local library to determine which appliances in your home are contributing to phantom load.
Install Energy-Saving Shower Heads — Select a model with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons per minute.
Repair All Leaky Faucets — One drop per second can waste up to 1,661 gallons of water over the course of a year.
Try a Smart Power Strip — They won’t avoid the phantom load of the TV or computer, but they’ll automatically stop the phantom load to the accessories (DVR, DVD, VCR, printer, display, speaker, etc).