Switch your ceiling fan to turn in a counter-clockwise direction In the summer; in the winter, run it at low speed, but clockwise.
Close your exterior doors and windows tightly when the AC is on. Save even more by turning off kitchen and bath exhaust fans.
Change or clean your AC's air filters at least once a month to keep your system running at peak performance.
Make sure your AC has a rating – or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) – of 15. Not only will your AC be more efficient, you could also be eligible for a rebate up to $300.
Make saving automatic: Set your thermostat fan switch to "auto" to save energy. Leaving it in the "on" position keeps air running constantly.
Block the sun from overheating your home! Inside, use shades, blinds and drapes. Outside, use awnings, trees and shrubs.
Insulate your walls with injected foam insulation to help you save energy by keeping hot outside air from seeping through porous block walls – check with your local building supply company for details.
Give your AC tune-up. Running an inefficient AC system can result in high monthly bills. Plus, you could qualify for a rebate.
Open interior doors so that cooled air flows freely throughout your home.
Cover all bare floors. Carpeting or rugs add to comfort and heat retention, especially if there is little or no floor insulation.
Raise the temperature slowly to keep your bill lower. Quickly raising your heat pump's temperature activates the heat strip, which uses tons of energy.
Lower your thermostat temperature to the lowest temperature that is comfortable to your family. You may save as much as 3 percent on your energy bill for each degree you lower your thermostat. Reduce your thermostat setting at night and/or when you are away.
Close the flue in your fireplace and install glass doors to keep in the warm air.
Limit your use of portable heaters. They’regreat for "spot" heating, but running a 1,500-watt heater 24/7 can be expensive.
Keep your thermostat closeto the outside temperature – it’s cheaper to keep your home at 70°F when it’s 50°F outside than when it’s 30°F.