1. Turn off your computer when not in use, or use theenergy-saving “sleep” mode.
  2. Buymajor appliances that sport the “Energy Star” sticker. That shows theappliance meets or exceeds standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy and

    the Environmental Protection Agency.

  3. Use a programmable thermostatwith your heating system to automatically lower the temperature at night orwhen no one is home.
  4. If you have a window airconditioning unit, remove it for the winter months to prevent heat fromescaping through and around the unit. If it can’t be removed, buy a cover to

    prevent drafts.

  5. Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs—especiallyin fixtures that operate more than two hours a day. They cost more initiallybut use 75 percent less electricity and last about ten times longer than

    incandescent bulbs.

  6. Use task lightingto target work and leisureactivities. This lets you reduce your overall room lighting levels.
  7. Use a timer. Set the plug-in timer to turn off the airconditioner when you leave home and to turn it on just before you return.
  8. Your choice is important! Energy supply costs account forabout 60% of your utility bill. The rest (transportation or delivery costs)will still be provided by your local utility.
  9. Switch your supplier enroll in the fixed price rate and savemoney. To get a free quote and learn more check www.energysavingelectricity.com
  10. Clean or replace air filters. Replace filters on exhausthoods, humidifiers, vacuums, etc. Clogged filters impair performance and causethe units to run longer.