Here are some tips to help you save on your electricity and heating bill.
1. Use an Auto-Off Surge Protector for your entertainment system to reduce standby power consumption. Most of them have a master outlet that for example, senses when your TV is off, and automatically cuts off power to peripherals that do not require electricity. They also include stay-on outlets for peripherals that need standby power.
2. Make sure your home is properly insulated so that you don’t pay more than you need to for heating and cooling. (You can do an energy audit to figure out where you have heat loss).
3. Use pipe insulation for your hot water pipes, a blanket for your water heater, or look into the option of a solar water heater to save money in the long run.
4. Turn the lights out when you leave the room.
5. Buy more efficient bulbs with a lower wattage, (compact florescent and LED bulbs use between 70% and 95% less than regular incandescent bulbs)
6. Do not leave the stove or oven any longer than you need to.
7. Turn of appliances that you are not using. If your home has electric heat, turn it down a few notches and put on some warm clothing if needed.
8. Do not leave the hot water (or cold water) tap running unattended. It is like pouring money down the drain.