Cutting costs in your home can be easier than you think. The U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that the typical homeowner can save $600 or more per year on utility bills by choosing to go green in their home.
How to cut that much?
Eliminate Leaks - Drips from a leaky faucet can add up. Fixing leaks and changing to a water efficient fixture, such as faucets, tankless water heaters, or toilets can save most homeowners up to $175 annually.
Plant Locally - Choosing plants that are native to the area can cut down on irrigation needs.
Change Your Light - If every home changed out just five light fixtures or bulbs to an energy-efficient light bulb each home could save about $60 every year in energy costs. CFLs use approximately 66 percent less electricity than incandescents and will last about 10 times longer.
Set Thermostat - Set the thermostat to 78 Fahrenheit or higher. During the hottest part of the day, close your blinds and/or curtains. For each degree you raise your thermostat, you save about 2 percent on cooling costs. If you have a programmable thermostat, that’s even better. Use it to automatically coordinate your home’s climate to your daily schedule.
Off peak - Running your laundry or dishwasher early morning or late evening will save on your electric bill by running them during off-peak hours.