As the seasons change, it pays to be energy efficient. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the average U.S. household spends about $1,800 per year on home energy. As a homeowner, there are several measures you can take to control, or lower, your monthly utility bills. Some of the suggestions offered below will improve the way your house uses energy, and some are ways you and your family can be more energy efficient.

Be sure to check in with your local NeighborWorks organization for more energy-saving tips.


Water-saving tips

  • Shortening your shower by just a minute or two can save up to 700 gallons of water per month
  • Shut off the water when you brush your teeth, wash dishes by hand or do other chores. Turning off the water while you brush your teeth alone can save as much as four gallons a minute, according to "Water – Use It Wisely."

Energy savings


Use sunlight to light your home
Turn out the lights
Dress for the season
Plan out your meals
Use smaller devices for smaller meals
Keep your refrigerator fully closed
Mind those doors and windows
Run the dishwasher only when it's full