1. Check all appliances for energy efficiency before buying. A furnace should have a AFUE rating of at least 80; air conditioners should have a SEER of 10. To buy this type of rating for your appliances will be costly initially but it is well worth the expense because you will save a significant amount of money on your monthly bills.
2. Have a professional service technician clean and adjust the burners or standing pilot
lights on all gas appliances. This is important to do to keep your gas appliances to run at their peak efficiency of operations.
3. Install dimmer switches to save electricity and lengthen the life of light bulbs. When every penny counts, to save money on lightbulbs is a small chance that could pay off a tremendous amount at the end of the year maintenence costs.
4. Turn off your water heater when going on vacation, even a short trip.
5. Wash clothes in cold water detergent to save on hot water. This method of washing is wonderful because you don’t use hot water but you DO get your clothes clean. Manuacturers are making detergent that you can use in cold water and still have them come out looking spotless! Wash only full loads of clothes.
6. Turn down thermostat in the house by a few degrees, each degree above 65 degrees Fahrenheit will add about 3% to your water heating costs. (Turn the air conditioning thermostat up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit in the Summer.)