1. Caulk and seal all openings into the house
    especially around doors and windows.
  2. Install window shading or keep curtains closed
    during the day to keep sunlight out. Install patio covers to help shade your home from sun.
  3. Strategically plant trees and shrubs
    to also help shade your home from the sun.
  4. Install a programmable thermostat
    (and use it). Set temperature to 78 degrees in the summer.
  5. Change out your light bulbs
    to CFL’s or LED’s.
  6. Add more insulation.
  7. Make sure your air conditioning system is operating efficiently.
    Replace filters once a month or as needed.
  8. Make sure all ductwork is sealed properly
    and not leaking air into your attic or crawl space.
  9. Turn down the temperature
    of your water heater to the warm setting. (120 deg. F)
  10. Shorten your showers.
    Simply reducing the lingering time by a few minutes can save hundreds of gallon of hot water per month for a family of four. Showers account for 2/3 of your water heating costs.
  11. Install low flow shower heads and aerators.
    These can drastically cut the cost of heating hot water.
  12. Cook your meals in the microwave or outside
    on the grill instead of heating up the oven in the kitchen.
  13. Use appliance efficiently.
    Do only full loads when using your dishwasher and washer. Use cold water. Be sure and clean your clothes dryer’s lint trap after each use.
  14. Turn off lights
    in unoccupied rooms. Unplug that spare refrigerator in the garage if you don’t really need it. Turn off TV’s if no one is watching them.
  15. Unplug electronics
    that continue to use electricity even when they are switched “off”/
  16. Reduce the operating time of your pool
    filter and automatic cleaning sweep to our to five hours a day and use only during off-peak times.