1. Get a home energy audit every couple of years with your power

company to find ways to cut costs.

2. Check with your utility company for rebates whenever you install

energy-saving equipment.

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3. Add more energy-efficient insulation to your attic, with the

appropriate R-value, or resistance to heat flow, for your climate and

the type of heating in your house..

4.Turn down your home thermostat two degrees and save 24 kilowatt

hours a month. It might not sound like much, but it adds up.

5. Buy a programmable thermostat, especially if your home is vacant

most of the day. Set it to turn on a half hour before anyone arrives home.

6. Adjust your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and wait.

Turning your thermostat up or down dramatically wastes energy and

increases your heating costs.

7. Lower your hot water thermostat 10 degrees, but no lower than 120

degrees. You'll still get all the hot water you need and save 25

kilowatt hours a month.

8. Fix leaky faucets -- one drip a second is 20 kilowatts a month.

9. Invest in weather-stripping kits if you've got drafty doors.

10. Trade your standard candescent bulbs for compact fluorescent

bulbs. They are more energy-efficient, last for years instead of

months, consume little power and generate little heat.

11. Turn off your computer when not in use, or use the energy-saving

"sleep" mode.

12. Seal energy leaks. Caulk over cracks and small holes around

windows and exterior walls. Look carefully around plumbing pipes,

telephone wires, dryer vents, sink and bathtub drains and under


13. Participate in your power company's special energy-saving program.

Some programs shut down electric appliances for short bursts of time

during peak hours. You hardly notice the difference -- except in your


14. Buy major appliances that sport the "Energy Star" sticker. That

shows the appliance meets or exceeds standards set by the U.S.

Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

15.Consider a front-loading washing machine. They use 50 percent less

energy and one-third less water. Plus, they remove far more water in

the rinse cycle, and that translates into big savings in dryer time.

16.When building a home or replacing a roof, select a roof based more

on energy efficiency than on how it looks. Light-colored roofs, such

as white, galvanized metal or cement tile, do the best job of

reflecting the sun, and cool quickly at night.

17.Landscaping with the right mix of trees and shrubs can lower your

energy bills by blocking winter winds or the summer sun.