Window Blinds and Shades
Windows account for about 50 percent of the heat gain or loss in your home, depending on the season. Your heating and cooling systems takes on that extra workload forcing them to work longer and harder.
During the summer, close your blinds to keep heat out, and during the winter, open them up to allow heat in.
Making sure your furnace and boiler are cleaned properly can save you around 10 percent on your home heating bill.
Another simple solution to energy conservation that gets overlooked is cleaning the dryer filter. After each load of laundry clean off the lint from the filter to keep the airflow from being restricted using more energy.
Insulating your hot water pipes will keep your water warmerand save energy being used. It will also raise the water temperature 2 to 4 degrees hotter than uninsulated pipes. And you don’t have to wait as long to get the hot water.
Replacing your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs reduces energy consumption by 75 percent and they last nearly 10 times as long. You’ll save about $30 over the bulb’s lifetime and it will pay for itself in six months.
Keeping your refrigerator coils clean can save you about six percent in energy use. You can use a brush or a vacuum, but don’t forget to unplug the refrigerator before you start cleaning.