Have a certified HVAC technician perform routine maintenance checks on your heating and cooling systems.
Replace your filters in between maintenance checks or when dirty.
Have a programmable thermostat installed by a certified HVAC technician. A programmable thermostat adjusts your home's temperature at times when you are away or sleeping. Better yet, if you have the internet, have a Schlage Link/Comfort LINK system installed by a certified HVAC technician, so you can receive temperature alerts and adjust your temperature while you are away from home.
While you are away for a period of time, adjust your thermostat to 80 degrees in the summer and to 55 degrees in the winter.
During the heating season, keep your window coverings open during the day to heat your home naturally. Make sure you close them at night to keep the chill out.
During the cooling season, keep your window coverings closed during the day.
Have an HVAC contractor check for leaks and seal and repair damaged or disconnected ductwork.
Replace your heating and cooling system if your system needs frequent repairs and your utility costs rise.
Replace your heating and cooling system with a high efficiency system.
Choose ENERGY STAR qualified products for your home or business.
Turn your hot water heater temperature to 120 degrees.
Replace all of your standard light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs.
Take shorter showers and turn off the water faucet when brushing your teeth.
Seal areas around windows, doors, and floors with either caulk, spray foam, or weather stripping.
Install Reversible Ceiling Fans. In summer, run fans on medium, blowing air down. In winter, run fans on low, blowing the air up. Turn the fan off when you leave the room.
Insulate your Attic Door. Ready-to-install attic tents can be put in place by most homeowners with little effort. For those who are handy and want to save money, it's possible to insulate the door with a few tools and basic supplies.
Electronics account for 8.1 percent of your home's energy use. Cut costs by plugging items into a power strip, and turning the strip off when not in use. "Smart" power strips are another good option when one master device like a TV is turned off, it cuts power to other selected items such as DVD players, gaming consoles and stereos.