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#1 If it is not in use, turn it off. If possible, unplug rarely used electronics as these vampire devices constantly draw electricity costing you more.

#2 Dress for the weather and adjust your thermostat by a few degrees. The larger the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the more it will cost you to heat or cool your home or business. When you adjust your thermostat by just a few degrees during the heating and cooling months, you are saving money.

#3 Fans cost less to run than air conditioning and ceiling fans are especially effective. During the summer, keep your blinds closed to help keep the sun from warming up your home.

#3 Make sure your hot water heater is not set too high for your familys needs. Turn your hot water down until you find you are running out of hot water more often than you like, then set it a little bit higher than that.

Take five minute showers instead of baths. Only wash full loads of clothes and dishes. Use cold water for laundry with specially formulated cold water detergents.

Install low-flow shower heads and sink aerators to reduce hot water use.

#4 Close the heat vents and doors in seldom used rooms.

#5 When buying new appliances, look for the Energy Starâ„¢ label and rating.

Consider investing in a power-usage monitor (typically around $25) to check the efficiency of your existing appliances, and see where you use the most power. An old inefficient refrigerator can use as much as $30 per month in electricity, compared to just $4-5 per month for a high-efficiency fridge.

Consider cooking with a microwave, electric skillet or toaster ovens. These small appliances are more efficient than stovetop pots and larger ovens.

When using the stove, keep lids on pots to hold in the heat.

#6 Old-style incandescent light bulbs convert 95% of energy used into heat, not light. Use fluorescent light bulbs in the most used locations. They last up to 10 times longer and use one-third as much energy.

Compact fluorescents have come a long way from the days of their flickery ancestors. CFL bulbs are even available in a variety of colour temperatures (daylight, incandescent, etc.).

Another option on the horizon are LED bulbs which are even more efficient, and do not contain mercury as compact-fluorescents do. They are unfortunately still quite expensive but have incredibly long life-spans.

#7 Add more insulation in the attic until there is 6-10 inches of depth R-38 to R-49. Inspect and repair if necessary the caulking and weather stripping around windows and doors once every other year.

#8 Upgrade your windows to better insulating models. This can improve efficiency by 25-50%. Windows with fiberglass or vinyl separators between panes are especially good as they do not conduct heat as quickly as traditional aluminum separators do.

#9 Plant trees! Trees can shade your house in the summer and, when the leaves drop in the fall, allow sunlight to warm your house in the winter.