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Turn everything off when you are not using it! Even appliances that are not being used will consume electricity.

Turn off any lights in a room if no one is in it.

Set your water heater at 120 degrees (vs. standard 140 degrees). and wrap it with insulation as well. Water heaters are a large household energy consumer and lowering the temperature will save you overall energy costs.

Add attic insulation to reduce the heat that escapes. Heat always rises right on out of the attic.

In the summer, set your thermostat to 70 degrees or higher. Every 1 degree increase saves you approximately 5% on energy costs.

Always load your dishwasher completely as it’s a waste of money to do smaller loads. Also, turn off heated dry letting them just air dry

Use reusable air conditioning and furnace filters, and keep them clean. Changing them once per month will keep your Air Conditioner at peak performance.

Use a programmable thermostat to set your home temperatures automatically while sleeping or not home. In the winter, you can save approximately 3% on your heating bill for every 1 degree decrease.

Check around house every night for any electronic devices, lights and appliances left on or plugged in.

Look for energy-star certified products including water heaters, washers, dryers, televisions and even your light bulbs

Wash clothes in cold water

Keep your blinds open in the winter and closed in the summer. Shutting drapes, curtains and blinds in the summer keeps the sun and heat out. This will reduce the burden on your HVAC system.

In any occupied room in the summer, use ceiling fans to circulate the air and supplement your home cooling.  If the fan comes with summer and winter settings, make sure to set properly. Ceiling fan use instead of your air conditioner can keep temperatures and costs low during the summer months.

We all have our favorite home products including paper towels, laundry detergent, coffee and toilet paper. But check your grocery stores. Some have cheaper products under their own brand name that can provide you the same quality for a lot less money. Typically they are even manufactured by the big brand company where you can always trust the item is of high quality.

Call your insurance, TV and phone companies and negotiate better rates! They would rather negotiate better terms with you than lose you.