The ideas listed here are just some of the items that can be done to lessen your energy expenditures month in, month out. They have low or no fees and may be performed quickly to allow you to be secure, comfy all the while helping the environment and being economical. Share these with the whole family and try to get each person included.

1. Install a programmable thermostat to keep your home comfortably warm in winter and moderately cool in summer. There are many companies available that also provide efficiency solutions to increase.

2. Take advantage of compact fluorescent lamps with the energy start label.

3. Allow the dishes to air dry instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.

4. Shut down your computer and watch it when you're not using it.

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5. Plug home electronics, including TVs and DVD players, directly into power strips; Turn off the power strip when the product is not in use (TVs and DVDs still use a few watts of electricity in standby mode).

6. Reduce your hot water tank thermostat to 120°F.

7. Take a short shower compared to the bathroom.

8. Thoroughly clean all dishes and clothes. Use cold water with your clothes.

9. Drive carefully. Aggressive driving (speeding, accelerating, and stopping) loses gas

10. Check the Energy Star label on household appliances and merchandise.

11. Ensure that your heating and cooling equipment and systems are properly maintained. Check your owner's manual for suggested repairs.

12. Look for an open damper in the chimney and make sure it is closed when not in use.

13. Look at the insulation value of your ceiling, exterior and basement walls, ceilings, floors and crawl spaces.