Turn Down the Heat

Adjust your thermostat by 2 degrees higher in the warm weather (if you have air conditioning) and 2 degrees cooler in the winter; you’ll save 6 percent on your monthly heating bill.

For each degree you lower your thermostat (or raise it, if you use air conditioning in the summer), you will save 3 percent on your monthly energy bill (focusonenergy.com). According to the US Department of Energy, you can save an additional 10 percent a year on your heating and cooling bills by adjusting your thermostat by 10 to 15 percent for 8 hours at night. This is easiest to do with a programmable or automatic “setback” thermostat (ranging in price from $40 to $100), which you can have your electrician install.