With the economy in the state it's in today, not to mention the condition of the environment, it's more important now than ever to conserve energy. By following the tips below, you can save money and do your part to save the environment as well.

Tip #1: Look for appliances and electronics with the Energy Star label on them. In most homes in the United States, appliances and electronic devices are responsible for about a quarter of the energy use in the household. Energy Star products follow strict Department of Energy and EPA guidelines to be energy efficient.

Tip #2: Instead of incandescent light bulbs, use the more efficient CFL (compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs. Although the cost of CFL bulbs is typically three to five times the cost of incandescent bulbs, CFL bulbs use far less electricity and also last much longer. Just be sure to dispose of them properly, as CFL bulbs contain a small amount of mercury.

Tip #3: Be sure never to run your dishes through your dishwasher unless the dishwasher is completely full. This cuts down on the amount of times you'll have to run this energy hogging appliance and thus saves on energy costs.

Tip #4: When doing your laundry, wash your clothes in cold or warm water instead of hot whenever possible. Heating large amounts of water requires a lot energy. Also, consider hanging clothes up to dry rather than throwing them in the dryer. If you must use the dryer, be sure to only use it with a full load.

Tip #5: Don't leave your refrigerator door open for long periods of time. This lets the cool air out and forces the motor to work hard to cool the air inside. Try to think of what you want to get out of the refrigerator before opening so that you don't have to leave the door open while deciding.

Tip #6: Take showers instead of baths. This will reduce water usage and save you money on both your water and electric bill (assuming you bath with warm water).

Tip #7: Check your doors and windows for air leaks. If any are found, seal these leaks via caulk or with weather-stripping. This will keep the outside air from raising or lowering the temperature in your home and save you money on air conditioning.

Tip #8: Turn off appliances and electronics which are not in use. While this may seem to be the most obvious tip, a lot of people forget to do this. Leaving these devices running when nobody is using them is a waste of energy and money.