Saving energy can be simple and save money as well. Here are a few hints that can be done inexpensively and by everyone. If you educate yourself and everyone in your household about saving energy, not only will you help the world, but you will help yourself by lowering energy bills. It will be a win/win situation for everyone.
You can save energy by changing your light bulbs to fluorescent bulbs. This may take a small investment at first as they are more expensive than regular bulbs, but the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) says that they use 67% less energy than incandescent bulbs. You may be able to save $50- $60 in energy costs over the life of one bulb.
Use less hot water to save energy. Install low flow shower heads. Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. Less hot water used means less hot water heated and less energy used.
Insulate windows by putting up plastic can save you money and energy. Of course, in the best of all worlds, everyone would have double paned windows, but that is a fairly large investment. Rolls of plastic are much less expensive.
Change your manner of dress to suit the temperature in your house rather than change the thermostat to suit the way your are dressed. Wear sweaters and warm slippers in the winter and in the summer wear shorts or thin clothing.
Set your thermostat to no more than 68 degrees in the winter (55 at bedtime) and to no less than 78 degrees in the summer. Use fans or ceiling fans whenever possible, as these do not use as much energy as air conditioners.
Keep the use of other small appliances to a minimum. These use great amounts of electricity. When you replace appliances, buy Energy Star appliances to replace the old ones. These use 10- 50% less energy. Also unplug appliances when not in use. People do not realize it, but even when turned off these appliances continue to use small amounts of electricity when not unplugged.
Efficient use of blinds and curtains can help. Open the blinds and curtains during the day during the winter to let the sunshine help heat the house. Close them at night to keep the heat in. Do the opposite in the summer to combat heat.
Close the doors and vents to vacant rooms. There is no sense heating or cooling unused areas. Not heating or cooling unoccupied areas can save energy quickly, and you will notice it on your utility bill.
These steps may take a little adjustment to get used to, but you will see the benefit on your energy savings.