Remember your parents telling you to turn the lights out when you leave the room? Mine did anyway. They were actually on to something way back then. Lighting averages about 11% of consumers electric bills! Another way to limit using your light bulbs is to open the curtains. Use some good, old-fashioned sunlight. Not only is it free, it warms your home on cool days and lifts your spirits. Now that's a great way to save money.
Be aware of electrical vampires in your home. One of the biggest is your home desktop computer. The Dept. of Energy recommends that you shut down your monitor if you're not using it for more than 20 minutes and the whole system if not using it for more than two hours. It's estimated that this could save approximately $90 per year. Of course if you use a laptop you'll save money since they only use 15 - 25 watts of use instead of the 150 watts used by the desktop system.
Other vampires that are preventing you from saving money are chargers. When your cell phone is fully charged, unplug the charger. Otherwise it continues to pull electricity.
Use low-flow, money saving devices to go green
You can also save money by adjusting how you use hot water. Turn your hot water heater down to 120 degrees and you can save 6 - 10% on your water heating costs. Also, increase savings by installing low flow toilets, showers and faucets. They're simple to install and can help save big bucks.
Save money on your heating bill
Usually, heating and cooling account for the largest portion of a utility bill. One way to save costs is to install a programmable thermostat to assist regulating you home' s temperature. For instance, every degree you lower the thermostat you save between 1 and 3% off your bill.