Insulating garage walls can help your home retain more heat.
Install door sweeps and seals to contain cool air from escaping through gaps beneath doors in the room or the garage door itself.
You can park your car in the garage during the winter to capitalize on the house's warmth for when you're getting ready to leave each morning.
Installing an attic fan can draw the hot air up instead of if sinking back into the rooms below. This can reduce your cooling needs significantly.
Install R-38 attic insulation to close gaps that might be contributing to high heating and cooling costs.
To spend less on heating and cooling costs, seal cracks and gaps wherever plumbing pipes, electrical wires, vents, and ducts come into your home.
Almost 15% of air escapes through fireplace chimneys, so when not in use, close the fireplace damper to retain warm air and keep cold air out.
Install a water heater timer that can shut it off while you're away to make saving second nature, and easier.
Check to make sure that the toilet handle doesn't stick after you flush it. This could make your water pump run longer, shortening the life of your water pump.
Always check to make sure your hot water faucet isn't leaking as this will slowly but gradually increases your water and electricity bill.
Taking shorter showers will save you money and require less water and energy.
Setting your desktop computer to hibernate or sleep mode is much more energy efficient that running a screen saver, and will be less taxing, in the long run, for your computer.
Consider replacing your most-used light fixtures or light bulbs with ENERGY STAR models to save annually on energy bills.
Power strips are a convenient way to prevent larger electronics such as televisions and computers from sapping energy, even while they're turned off.
When you're done using battery chargers, it's best to unplug them as they could still drain electricity even if they're not actively charging batteries.
Try cooling off using a ceiling fan or portable fan instead of the AC.
Use a dimmer switch or motion-sensor light to save on lighting costs.
Use rugs and carpeting to cover bare flooring to improve heat retention.
Open window shades during the day to warm your house with natural sunlight.
Some ENERGY STAR-qualified TVs can be up to 40% more efficient than other models, which means serious energy savings.
If you have radiators located near cold exterior walls, placing a sheet of aluminum foil between the wall and radiator will reflect heat back into the room, reducing lost heat.
Dust lampshades, bulbs, and fixtures to maximize their light output.
Lower your thermostat when you leave the house in the winter months to conserve energy costs.
When you're finished using the stove, turn the fans off in the range hood to reduce wasted energy.
Avoid opening the oven door while cooking. The internal temperature can drop up to 75°F each time the door is open and shut.
Consider cooking in the microwave or crockpot instead of the conventional oven to use less energy.
By setting your refrigerator temperature between 35° and 42°F, you'll use much less energy.
Refrigerators rely on their condenser coils to keep heat out, so make sure to clean them at least twice annually.
Make sure to use the right amount of laundry detergent to prevent it from working harder than it has to, or using more energy than needed.
Clean the dryer's lint trap out before each use to help keep it running efficiently.
Schedule an annual inspect for your heat pump before the colder seasons to ensure it's not in need of costly repairs when you'll need it most.
Lower your water heater's temperature from 140° to 120° to save annually on your energy bill. You'll still be comfortable and you won't run the risk of using scalding hot water.