You could get upgraded insulation installed in all the walls of your home, or
buy a new high-efficiency furnace and air conditioner. These improvements
would certainly reduce your energy costs – but they each require a
What if you don't have the budget?
There are a lot of little things you can do to make a big difference in your
heating or cooling bill. Here are just a few examples:
• Turn down the thermostat a couple of degrees in winter. (And turn it
up a few notches in summer.) Chances are, you'll hardly notice the
difference in comfort, and you'll cut your heating/cooling costs by
• Do you need the air conditioner on all the time during the summer
months? Consider turning it way up, or completely off, at night when
it's cooler outside.
• Invest in a programmable thermostat. That way, you'll be able to set
up a schedule that uses less heating/cooling energy while you’re out
of the house.
• Let the sunshine in through windows in the winter (and block the sun
where possible in the summer.) "Passive heat gain" can contribute to
up to 20% of the heat in your home. Best of all, the sun is free.
• Use energy efficient lights throughout your home. These can cut the
cost of lighting by up to 40%!
• Be careful with outside lights, which can use a lot of energy! Turn
them off before you go to bed or, better still, use programmable
outside lighting that can be set to turn off automatically.
• These are just a few ideas for reducing your energy bill. If you do
some research, you can probably discover many other ways to cut
your costs. It's worth the effort!