Here are some great tips from Renewable Nation. Anything we can do to reduce energy costs are worth trying. Take a look.....
1. Start by getting a home energy audit. Certified professionals can conduct a home or building assessment that will help shed light on where energy is being lost and which systems are operating below par.
2. Seal air leaks. Seal leaky windows, doors, and electrical outlets with caulk, expandable sealant, and weather stripping.
3. Consider water usage and the water heater. Heating water is typically the second-largest energy use in a home, and can alone cost $600 or more a year, according to Renewable Nation. Switch to a hybrid water heater that combines a standard water.
4. Get a smart thermostat. An owner can save 10 percent each year on heating bills by turning down the thermostat 7 to 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) for eight hours a day. A programmable thermostat can help accomplish that.
5. Electricity used by electronics when they are turned off or in standby mode are a major source of energy waste. Smart power strips can help eliminate the problem of phantom loads by shutting off the power to electronics when they are not in use.
6. Upgrade the fridge. If a refrigerator or freezer is more than 15 years old, it may be so inefficient that a new one would pay for itself in energy savings in just a few years.
7. Flip the switch on smart lights. Replacing your home's five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with Energy Star models could save $75 per year.
8. Look for the Energy Star label. Appliances with the Energy Star label can help save up to 30 percent on related electricity bills.
Source: Renewable Nation.Us