Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights.

About 10% of your monthly electric bill goes to lighting your home. By replacing the standard incandescent lights with long lasting, energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights, you can save money and electricity while protecting the environment. Compact fluorescents use 75% less energy and can burn for 10,000 hours as compared to 750 hours, the average life of an incandescent.

Repair drips and leaks

Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Dripping faucets can waste about 2,000 gallons of water each year. Leaky toilets can waste as much as 20,000 gallons each month.

Cover the swimming pool

If you have a swimming pool, get a cover. You'll cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90 percent.

Broom instead of hose

Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks and driveways.

Don't let the water run

When washing dishes by hand, use two basins - one for washing and one for rinsing rather than let the water run.

Defrosting food

Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator or in the microwave instead of running water over it.

Fully loaded conserves water

Only run the dishwasher and clothes washer when they are fully loaded.

Avoid water evaporation

To prevent water loss from evaporation, don't water your lawn during the hottest part of the day or when it is windy.

Don't over-water lawn

Don't over water your lawn. Only water every three to five days in the summer and 10 to 14 days in the winter.

Shade your air conditioner

Shading your air conditioner unit not only saves energy, but helps lengthen the life of the unit. The shade provided by a tree or shrub eases the strain on an air conditioner unit. Just be sure not to block the air circulation necessary to run the machine efficiently.

Save energy in the winter & summer

Use natural sunlight to light your home and warm up a room in the winter. In summer, use shades or drapes to keep your rooms cool.

Use ceiling fans

Ceiling fans used alone or along with an air conditioner can save on your air conditioner costs and work best in rooms with high ceilings.

Use energy-saving appliances

Spare your electric range and oven by cooking meals in a toaster oven, slow cooker, or other energy-savings appliance. If you must use your oven, cook several dishes at once and turn it off a few minutes before the food is cooked.

Water heater thermostat

Turn down the thermostat on your water heater to 110-120 degrees and insulate it. Water heater jackets are available at local hardware outlets.

Turn off appliances

Remember to turn off all appliances when not using them.

Refrigerator condenser

Clean your refrigerator condenser every 3 months.

Save money in the summer

Set your thermostat at as high a temperature as comfortably possible in the summer, and ensure humidity control if needed. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.