Here are some obvious and not so obvious ways to conserve energy at home as noted by the NWF. Check out these helpful tips and save some helpful money.

  1. Turn off the lights and other electrical devices unless you are using them
  2. Compact fluorescent bulbs, which reduce energy use by up to 75 percent. Or try LED
  3. Do not place lamps near a thermostat. The thermostat senses the heat produced from the lamp which can change how often your furnace or air conditioner will run.
  4. Use dimmers, timers and motion detectors on indoor and outdoor lighting.
  5. Change or clean your furnace and air conditioner filters regularly to keep heating and cooling systems running efficiently.
  6. Install a programmable thermostat to regulate your heating and cooling when you are not home.
  7. Test windows and doors to see if they need new weather-stripping by lighting a candle and moving it around the perimeter of the window or door. If the flame flickers, you need to install new weather-stripping. Be careful not to burn yourself or the house
  8. Have your furnace and air conditioner inspected every few years.
  9. Install window film
  10. Plant deciduous trees outside windows on the south side of your house to provide shade in summer and allow sunlight in winter.
  11. Place foil-faced insulation board between the radiators and the outside walls, with the foil side facing the room.
  12. Put in ceiling fans to improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems.
  13. Make sure your attic is adequately insulated
  14. Insure that drapes, curtains and furniture do not block vents
  15. Check your water heater thermostat settings. .Hot enough to wash and clean dishes, but not so hot that you will spend more to heat it
  16. Install an insulation blanket around your water heater
  17. Don't use the drying cycle on your dishwasher. Air dry the dishes
  18. Reuse cups after rinsing Reduce washing.
  19. Hang dry clothes in lieu of electric or gas dryer
  20. Empty lint trap each time you dry and be sure the hose is not clogged
  21. Keep your refrigerator clean, specifically the condenser coils and the door gasket seals
  22. Check the temperature of your fridge and freezer by putting a thermometer in a glass of water. Put the glass of water in the center shelf in the center of the fridge. It should read 38-40 degrees Fahrenheit. The freezer should read 0-5 degrees Fahrenheit.
  23. The fuller the freezer, the more energy efficient it is. Add ice to fill up room if you have to
  24. Let hot food cool before putting in the refrigerator
  25. Make sure your fridge is absolutely level to ensure the door gets closed every time you open it.
  26. Use microwave instead of oven or toaster oven
  27. Use toaster oven instead of oven
  28. Check for Energy Star label when purchasing new appliances and electronics
  29. Choose an energy-efficient front-loading washing machine and a dryer with a moisture sensor
  30. Induction cook tops are the most energy-efficient. These look like a ceramic cooking surface, like a countertop.
  31. Replace your old windows with more energy efficient ones
  32. Lighter color roof shinges absorb less heat
  33. In winter put an air conditioner cover over window units to avoid drafts
  34. In summer set thermostat at 78 degrees. In winter 68.
  35. Install shaded window film to block extra sunlight and reduce air conditioning costs.
  36. Use fans to move the air inside your home. This gives the sensation that it is 5 degrees cooler than the actual temperature.
  37. Keep the outside portion of a central air conditioner clear from dried mud, debris and grass clippings.
  38. Save jobs that produce moisture - such as mopping, laundry and dishwashing - for early morning or nighttime hours. The humidity from these activities can make homes uncomfortable.
  39. Install a radiant barrier on the underside of your roof to reflect heat.
  40. Recycle aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic, cardboard and newspapers. Using recycled materials in manufacturing consumes less energy than using virgin materials.