1. Improve the efficiency and performance of appliances like your dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine, and exhaust vent by dusting and cleaning debris out of the vents, grates, and coils.
2. Letting your clothes air dry, shortening your dryer’s cycle time, and using the dryer the evening to avoid generating extra heat in your home during the day are all great ways to save energy in your laundry room.
3. Circulate the air in your home with ceiling fans (that are dusted and cycling in a counterclockwise rotation for maximum efficiency) instead of running the air conditioner at lower temperatures to save big on your energy bill. Each ceiling fan can save you up to $165 over its lifetime, costing only a penny/hour of use, whereas your AC runs up an average of 36¢ per hour.
4. Check your air filters every two months — replacing dirty air filters can reduce your energy usage by as much as 15%.
5. Save up to $200/year by sealing air leaks in places like your attic, doors & windows, air ducts, and around your pipes, vents, and outlets.
6. Low-flow nozzles on your showerheads and garden hoses conserve water (in just a 10-minute shower, you’ll save around 5 gallons of water!) and lower your water bill.
7. Turn your water heater’s high setting down below 120°F to save money and extend the life of your water heater.