Conserving energy will not only save you money, but will also reduce your carbon footprint (click here for more information) and lower demand for oil, coal, natural gas and other fossil fuels. And when less fossil fuels are burned, there are less carbon dioxide emissions being released. The following tips show you how easy it is to implement energy-saving steps into the daily workings of your home and life.

Home Appliance Energy-Saving Tips

• Whenever possible, use the cold water setting on the washing machine when doing laundry.
• Turn the temperature of the refrigerator down to about 37-degrees and the freezer to about 3-degrees. Furthermore, turn the energy saver switch on if your model is equipped with one.
• Only run the dishwasher when it’s full and avoid using the heated dry setting.
• Turn the thermostat on the water heater down to 120-degrees.
• When replacing appliances, choose energy-efficient models.

Heating and Cooling Energy-Saving Tips

• Keep your heating and cooling unit properly cared for by having preventive maintenance conducted on the system at least once a year.
• Turn the thermostat on your heating system down to 68 during the day and 55 at night throughout the winter. In the summer, 78-degrees is ideal in your home.
• Regularly replace or clean the air filters of your HVAC unit.

Simple Energy-Saving Tips

• Replace the bulbs in your home with energy-efficient types, such as LED or CFL bulbs.
• Install an insulating jacket around the water heater.
• Turn lights off when not in the room.
• Unplug electronics when not in use to keep them from draining energy while in sleep model.
• Install shower heads that are low-flow and reduce the amount of time your spend showering.
• Reduce drafts in your home by installing weather-stripping around doors and windows.

More Expensive Energy-Saving Tips

• Make sure the walls, ceilings and floors of your home are well insulated.
• Update outdated windows with models that feature double-glazed or argon-filled.
• Plant shade trees around your home to help shade the structure in the summer, which keeps the home cooler.
• If you live in a cold climate, paint the home a darker shade of color or a lighter shade for areas with a warmer climate.

Transportation Energy-Saving Tips

• When it comes time to buy a car, choose a model with good gas mileage.
• Bike, walk, take the bus or car pool whenever possible.