10. Change habits to conserve energy, like turning off the lights when you leave a room.

9. Understand how your home uses energy.

home energy usage pie chart

8. Insulate your house.

7. Weatherize your house. Seal leaks with:

  • Caulk between materials that DON’T move, like around the chimney and outdoor overhangs.
  • Weather stripping around pieces that DO move, like windows and doors.

6. Reduce leaks in ducts.

5. Reduce heating usage in the winter.

  •  Set your thermostat to 70° or lower when home and lower when you are asleep or away.

4. Reduce air conditioning usage in the summer.

  • Set your thermostat to a temperature that is as high as you can tolerate. The recommended setting is 78° or higher when you are home and higher when you are asleep or away.

3. Improve the efficiency of your HVAC system.

2. Replace inefficient appliances with ENERGY STAR® models.

1. Change to energy efficient light bulbs.