Lowering the thermostat and swapping out your incandescent bulbs for LEDs and CFLs is a great start to reducing your energy bill, but what other steps can you take to make your house more energy efficient? Try conducting a DIY home energy audit.
Start by checking windows, doors, chimneys and electrical outlets for air leaks. If the draft isn’t obvious, use a lit candle or stick of incense to detect unwanted air flowing into your house. Resolve by using caulk around windows, a sweep seal on doors, draft plug in the chimney and foam insulated pads behind outlet covers to help eliminate the drafts.
Also, unplug unused appliances and devices to prevent phantom energy sapping. Wrap an insulating cover around the water heater and make sure to seal visible air duct joints with new tape to keep air from escaping.
Of course, you can always get a professional audit to determine all of your options for saving energy. Many utility companies offer this service for free and will even get you started with smart light bulbs, smart thermostats and other energy-saving improvements.