Step 2 - Invest in Saving Energy and Money

Planning ahead can mean big savings over the long term.

Install a programmable thermostat. Approximately 44 percent of your bill goes to heating and cooling your home. According to ENERGY STAR®, you could save about $180 per year by using a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust your home’s temperature according to your schedule. You can also use a regular thermostat more efficiently:  Keep the fan switched to “auto” instead of “on.” Already have a programmable thermostat? Watch this ENERGY STAR video on how to best use it and save money.

Use efficient appliances. If you have older appliances or are shopping for new ones, an energy-efficient washer, dryer, or refrigerator can pay for itself in just a few years and significantly lower your electric bill. Learn more about ENERGY STAR Appliances.

Save on lighting. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) use 75 percent less energy and last about 10 times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb, according to ENERGY STAR. That’s why, even though they cost more initially, they usually pay for themselves after just 6 months.

Step 3 - Monitor My Electric Usage