Change your lightbulbs.
If every U.S. home swapped out just one incandescent bulb, with a compact flourescent one, it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes each year. Talk about an simple and easy way to get started saveing energy.
Energy.gov says: By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year. Compared to traditional incandescents, energy efficient lightbulbs, such as halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light emitting diodes (LEDs) have the following advantages:
-Typically use about 25%-80% less energy than traditional incandescents, saving you money
-Can last 3-25 times longer.
Today’s energy-efficient bulbs are available in the wide range of colors and light levels you’ve come to expect. While the initial price of energy-efficient bulbs is typically higher than traditional incandescents, newer bulbs cost less to operate, saving you money over the life of the bulb. Many of the newer bulbs last significantly longer than traditional bulbs, so you won’t need to replace them as often.
Adjust your thermostat.
Increasing your thermostat by 1degree in the summer and decreasing it by one degree in the winter can save as much as 10% on your energy consumption. Imagine the savings of energy if you can just turn it of for as many days possible!
Energy.gov says: You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home.
Save in the summer, by keeping your house warmer than normal when you are away, and setting the thermostat to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. Set your thermostat at as high a temperature as comfortably possible and ensure humidity control if needed. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
Park the Car.
Leaving your car at home just twice a week can cut greenhouse emissions by 1600 lbs. each year. So live where you work, carpool, try to plan your outtings so that you can do it all at once, and cut back on trips.