#1) Seal the Windows:
Make sure there’s no heat escaping through the windows in your house. With less cool air entering into your home, you’ll see a decrease in the amount of heat required to keep your house warm.
#2) Unplug Unused Cords:
Cords use energy even when they aren’t plugged into a device. This means, unplugging cords from outlets when you aren’t using them will actually help you save energy. If you unplug your charger from the wall at the same time you unplug your phone from your charger, you could save a great deal of energy.
#3) Start a Compost Pile:
A compost pile is a great way to reduce the amount of trash you go through daily, and it also acts as a way to fertilize your lawn. Plants will grow more easily where the pile is placed, and you could have a great garden with fresh fruits and vegetables as a result.
#4) Use Less Water:
A few ways to accomplish this are by turning off the water while brushing your teeth, installing low flow shower heads, and taking shorter showers. Typically showers use less water than baths, so if you’re trying to save water, a low flow shower is the way to go.
#5) Make Your Home a Plastic Bottle Free Zone:
This is a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint. All you have to do is switch to a reusable container. A glass water bottle works great.
#6) Turn off the Lights:
Turning off the lights is a given, but it’s hard to stick to sometimes. If you’re serious about having a more energy efficient home, one of the best ways to accomplish that is by turning off the lights when you leave a room. You’ll notice a difference on your electric bill too.
#7) Buy a Water Heater Blanket:
Insulating your water heater costs about $30 and it can save you 7%-16% annually on your water bill (energy.gov). An easy way to tell if your water heater needs more insulation is by touching it. If it is warm to the touch, it needs insulation.