If you are willing to spend a little money you can do a lot to lower your monthly bill.  A good way to do this is to phase these changes in over time.  The changes will pay for themselves and you should notice very little change to your lifestyle.  Spending a little money will allow you to swap old technologies for new ones, and the result will be a lower electric bill.

Appliances

Repair refrigerator door seals if you feel cold air around the closed door or if moisture is collecting.

Keep your freezer full so that it uses less energy than an empty one.

If you are replacing any appliances be sure to choose energy-efficient appliances.  If your refrigerator was built before 1990 it needs to be replaced.  Choose models with good insulation and power-saving switches.

Grill out more often during the summer. Using the oven in the heat of summer forces your air conditioner to work harder, which raises your energy bill.

Use copper-bottomed pots and pans that use heat more efficiently when cooking on the stove.

Ceiling Fans

Install ceiling fans wherever you can.  They cost very little to run and keep the room more comfortable in summer and winter, allowing you to reduce heating/cooling loads.

Electronics

Look for Energy Star qualified televisions.  They are up to 30 percent more efficient than noncertified models.

Purchase a laptop next time you are buying a computer.  Laptops use less energy than desktop computers.

Heating and Cooling

Cover all bare floors with carpeting or rugs to add comfort and heat retention, especially if there is little or no floor insulation.

Give your air conditioner a tune-up to. Running an inefficient system can result in high monthly bills.

Repair leaky ducts to reduce heating and cooling costs..

Install attic insulation rated R-30 and seal any attic leaks.

Check for household leaks to make sure air isn't escaping through openings such as fireplace dampers, doors and windows.

Decorate for a cooler home by hanging light-colored curtains that allow light to enter a room while blocking some of the sun’s rays, and light-colored paint to reflect heat.

Plant trees to provide shade on the sunny side of your home.

Install a programmable thermostat to adjust your temperature during the day.

Change the filters in your heating system every month for optimum efficiency.

Lighting

Replace standard bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs.  They are more energy-efficient than regular bulbs and produce the same amount of light.

Use the right compact fluorescent or LED bulb for your light fixture.  In other words don't use more than you need.

Replace halogen light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs  They use less energy and don’t get as hot.

Use motion-detector lights for all your outdoor lighting.

Use timers to turn lights on in the morning and off during the day.

Choose outdoor compact fluorescent or LED bulbs for outdoor lighting. They use less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs.

Use light-colored or opaque lamp shades. Place lamps in corners so they reflect light from two walls.

Install fluorescent tubes as an efficient way to light your workshop or playroom.

Water Heater

Check your hot water pipes for leaks, which can drain your energy savings.

Repair any dripping hot water faucet. Leaky faucets increase electricity use for heating the wasted water.

Install aerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads to reduce your hot water use.

Insulate the first six feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater. It will keep the heat in the water heater more efficiently.

Add an insulation wrap to help your water heater retain heat in more effectively.

Install a timer for your water heater that will turn it off when you are not at home.

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