Don’t you just cringe when the power bill comes in the mail?  Even after you’ve tried to conserve energy, it seems like the amount due every month stays the same and is more than we want it to be.

Perhaps you’ve already switched to CFL light bulbs and turned your thermostat down and that’s wonderful, but there are other actions you can take to reduce your power bill.

1.  Let your computers hibernate when not in use.

With our advanced technology era we have so many gadgets and electronics that suck the power immensely.  A great way to save on energy is to put your computer to sleep when you are not using it.  You can also shut it down in the evening and unplug it from the wall until the next time you need to power it up.

2.  Unplug electronics when not in use.

This includes televisions, DVD players, stereos, coffee maker, toaster, and anything else that you can unplug to cut energy consumption.

3.  Replace all light bulbs with CFL lights. 

Compact Fluorescent Lights use less energy than the old-fashioned light bulbs. They may cost a little more but they last 7 times longer.  Go ahead and replace every bulb you have!

4.  Adjust the thermostat.

In the winter set your thermostat at 68 degrees and in the summer set it at 78 degrees.  You will adjust to the temperatures and be reducing the amount of energy you use.  You can also install an adjustable thermostat that will allow you to set the temperature at energy efficient levels throughout the day.

Along with this, utilize the sun as an energy source by allowing the sun to enter in the winter through your windows.  During the summer you can keep your blinds closed to keep the heat out.

5.  Set the temperature for your water heater at 120 or 130 degrees, as the lower the temperature, the more energy you will save. 

6. Hang your clothes out to dry.

It may take a little effort on your part, but hanging your clothes out on a clothesline will save you a bunch on energy costs.  Your clothes will also smell so fresh!

7.  Limit the usage of lights.

Make sure you always turn your lights off when you don’t need them.  You don’t need a lot of lights on in the evening.  Consider using candles as a lighting source as well.

8.  Increase insulation.

Consider putting more insulation in the attic to help keep heat out in the summer and cold out in the winter. 

9. Increase your energy efficient knowledge.

Buy some books on becoming more energy efficient.  There is plenty of information and tips available to assist you in cutting your energy bills and being more sustainable all around.