Making a few small changes can help you lower energy use and save money.
Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower when you’re at home, health permitting. Each degree above 68 degrees uses 3 to 5 percent more energy.
Set your thermostat to 56 degrees when you leave the house. Turning your thermostat down by 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours a day can save you 5 to 15 percent a year on your heating bill.
Clean your clothes dryer lint trap between loads. This small action can save you up to $34 a year.
Microwave small amounts of food instead of using the oven and reduce your cooking energy use by up to 80 percent.
Cut shower time in half to reduce water heating costs by 33 percent. Showers can account for up to two-thirds of your water heating expenses.
Wash clothes in cold water and save up to $30 a year on hot water heating when using a gas water heater.
Use the clothes dryer moisture sensor to turn off the dryer automatically. Running your dryer for an extra 15 minutes per load can cost up to $34 a year. Clean the lint trap between loads, which can provide additional savings.