31 ways to save energy in your home
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    Home Energy Savings
  • Published:
    January 1, 2016
  • Updated:
    June 4, 2024

31 Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

Small, everyday changes in your power consumption can be easy to make. They may not cost much, and they can possibly add up to real energy savings. Here are 31 tips — one for each day of the month, plus a few bonus suggestions — for ways to save energy at home in your daily life with very little effort. Some of these ideas are obvious, some not so much, but all are simple ways to save energy that may help the environment and potentially your monthly energy bill, too.

Select a section below for ways to save energy in your home

  1. Use your household appliances more efficiently to save energy
  2. Get help from Mother Nature to save energy at home
  3. Adapt your daily energy habits to energy-saving alternatives
  4. Adjust your device and appliance settings to save energy at home
  5. Make small investments to achieve long-term results
  6. Save energy by switching to energy-efficient appliances and electronics & regularly maintain them
  7. Prevent energy leaks in your house and plan to save energy while away from home

Print out this poster to keep yourself motivated and start saving energy today!

The key to saving energy at home every day is to stay informed and motivated. Print this poster and put it up somewhere you and your family will see it. If you have little kids, they can color it as a fun way to include them and inspire them to do their part.
printable 31 ways to save energy sheet.

Simple strategies to save energy in your home

The easy way to save energy at home is to make small changes in habits and to perform some basic regular maintenance. Here’s a comprehensive list of energy-saving strategies to work into your daily life — summer, winter and year-round.

Use your household appliances more efficiently to save energy

In most homes, appliances can be the major drivers of energy use. These simple adjustments are great ways to save energy:

Ways to save energy at home using household appliances.

1. Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.

Your clothes washer and dishwasher are designed to run most efficiently with full loads. And more than that, if you run them only when full, you run them less often, which really cuts energy use.

2. Wash clothes with cold water.

Clothes washers and laundry detergents are designed to work efficiently with cold water. If you only wash with hot water when you need to disinfect, you could eliminate about 1,600 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

3. Keep your appliances clean.

Appliances typically run more efficiently when filters are clear of dust and door seals are free of gunk.

4. Keep the oven door closed while cooking.

The temperature in your oven can drop 25 degrees or more every time you open the oven door.

5. Don’t stand in front of an open refrigerator door.

The longer the fridge door is open, the harder the appliance has to work to maintain a cool temperature. Decide what you want in advance to minimize the amount of time the fridge or freezer door is open.

BONUS TIP: Automate your appliances with smart assistants.

Smart assistants make it possible to control your appliances, even while away. With smart assistant routines, you can control your appliances and turn them off remotely to save time and energy.

Get help from Mother Nature to save energy at home

Sometimes the best way to save energy is simply not to use it at all. Here are some energy-saving tips that involve letting nature take its course:

How to save energy at home.

6. Air-dry clothes.

There’s nothing quite like the smell of sheets, towels and clothes that have been dried out in the fresh air. Consider air-drying clothes on an old-fashioned clothes line or even hanging them inside the house. Alternatively, use an energy-efficient dryer.

7. Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.

Select the air-dry option on your dishwasher. Crack it open after the rinse cycle and your dishes will dry without a single kilowatt being used. You’ll also save energy by keeping your kitchen cooler.

8. Open curtains facing the sun.

Even the most efficient windows can allow energy to pass through. Sunlight beating down all day can really heat your interior. At night, close curtains and blinds to create another layer of insulation. On cold weather days, let the light shine in, but close them when it’s hot.

BONUS TIP: Bring in more natural light with mirrors and bright walls.

Make the most of natural light with bright decorating choices, strategically placed mirrors and putting workspaces near windows so that you don’t need to keep the lights on all day.

Adapt your daily habits to energy saving alternatives

Changing your habits could have a major effect on your power use. When thinking about ways to save energy at home, putting thought into the little things may have a big impact.

How to save energy by changing daily habits.

9. Switch out incandescent lights.

Traditional light bulbs waste 95% of the energy they use giving off heat, with only 5% going toward light. Switch them out for CFL or LED light bulbs or use them sparingly. Leaving them on for long periods is highly wasteful.

10. Take shorter, cooler showers.

Cut the energy used by your hot water heater by taking shorter, cooler showers. Consider that a typical shower uses 2.5 gallons of hot water a minute, cutting your daily shower by four minutes will save 3,650 gallons of water a year.

11. Turn off electronics and appliances when they’re not in use.

Leaving your computer on while idle wastes electricity and shortens the life of your machine. The same goes for televisions, printers and other electronics. If you see the indicator light on, you’re burning power needlessly.

BONUS TIP. Unplug battery chargers when not in use.

Many devices, including battery chargers, draw power continuously, even when not in use. Cut so-called vampire power consumption, and you may just save a bundle.

You can also get chores done without plugging something in. For example, using a broom instead of a vacuum. And if you do use an appliance, right-sizing to a smaller or more energy-saving appliance helps. A hand-held mini-vac uses less energy than your full-size upright vacuum.

12. Use a microwave or toaster oven instead of your conventional oven.

You’d be surprised how much you can cook, beyond just warming up leftovers, in these energy-saving appliances.

13. Use the dishwasher instead of washing by hand.

An electric dishwasher doesn’t just save effort; it saves energy, using less than half per year compared to washing by hand.

BONUS TIP: Use your electric kettle to boil water instead of a microwave.

It focuses energy on efficient heating, boiling water faster with less electricity.

Adjust your device and appliance settings to save energy at home

How to save energy by adjusting your device and appliance settings.

If you’re willing to be a little flexible with the thermostat and be aware of when and how you’re using energy, you can easily reduce waste.

14. Adjust your thermostat according to the time of day.

Reduce energy use at home by adjusting the thermostat day and night, as well as when you’re away or at work.

15. Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120° F.

Heating water is the third-largest use of energy in most homes. Turning down the thermostat a few degrees can cut consumption without significantly reducing comfort.

16. Set your computer to sleep or hibernate mode.

You use much less energy than by leaving your computer on with a screen saver.

17. Avoid using the rinse-and-hold setting on your dishwasher.

This setting uses 3 to 7 more gallons of water than a regular wash cycle.

BONUS TIP: Raise your room temperature slowly to keep your bill lower.

If you have a heat pump, quickly raising its temperature activates the heat strip, which uses more energy.

Make small investments to achieve long-term results

How to make small investments to achieve long term results.

Here are a few things you can buy that can help increase the energy efficiency of your current appliances. They don’t cost much money and usually don’t require expert installation, which make them easy ways to save energy at home.

18. Plug home electronics into power strips.

Turn the power strips off when equipment is not in use. You’ll stop these devices from using energy when idle with one convenient switch.

19. Install low-flow shower heads.

Shower heads that give good water pressure with fewer gallons per minute (under 2.5 gpm are best) will cut water and energy consumption.

20. Add aerators to your faucets.

Choose aerators with a flow rate of no more than 1.0 gpm for maximum savings.

BONUS TIP: Add an insulating blanket to older water heaters.

These can reduce standby heat loss by 25%–45% and save about 4%–9% in water heating costs.

Save energy by switching to energy-efficient appliances and electronics & regularly maintain them

How to save energy by switching to energy efficient appliances.

Modern appliances are dramatically more efficient than they were even 10 years ago. Whether in your kitchen, your laundry room or your office, ENERGY STAR® options make it easy to compare and find what will work best and use the least electricity.

21. Use ENERGY STAR®-qualified CFL and LED bulbs.

LEDs and CFLs use a fraction of the energy of traditional incandescent bulbs — and they last longer.

22. Replace older home appliances with energy-efficient models.

From air conditioners to coffee makers, you’ll find multiple ways to save energy and money by buying new ENERGY STAR® products.

23. Use energy-efficient entertainment and home office electronics.

Computers, televisions, game systems and printers make big demands on home energy use as well. These also come with ENERGY STAR® ratings to help you make efficient choices.

Remember to also maintain your home and appliances to keep saving energy! Clean appliances and a clean home will keep everything running at optimum energy efficiency. Less dust in the air is healthier, and less gunk in your systems means they run smoothly and use less electricity.

24. Clean/replace filters in your furnace.

EnergyStar.gov recommends changing the air filters every three months. A dirty filter slows down airflow and makes the system work harder.

25. Clean the dryer lint filter regularly to keep your dryer running efficiently.

Cleaning the filter isn’t enough. Use the long nozzle on your vacuum to clean the ventilation tubing.

26. Clean your air ducts.

In a typical house, you can save 25%-40% on the energy your HVAC systems use by cleaning your air ducts regularly.

Prevent energy leaks and plan to save energy while away from home

How to save energy while away from home.

It isn’t enough to buy energy-efficient products and use them with care. You may still be wasting energy if your home isn’t well insulated. Here are the common problem areas in most homes:

27. Insulate heating ducts.

Some 20%-30% of warm or cool air in your home is lost to leaky air ducts.

28. Seal air leaks.

Sealing air leaks around doors, windows and gaps where gas, water and electricity come in can save between 5% and 30% of your energy use, according to Energy.gov.

29. Insulate hot-water pipes.

Keeping water hot while traversing pipes by adding insulation can raise its temperature at the point of use between 2 and 4 degrees Fahrenheit. You can turn down your hot water heater without sacrificing comfort.

And, when you aren’t living in your house for a significant length of time, you can really save energy by adjusting your systems and disconnecting all but critical appliances. Check out these energy-saving tips for when you’re away from home:

30. Turn off your water heater if you plan on leaving home for a few days.

Most models will quickly reheat the water when you return home.

31. Install a timer for your water heater.

You don’t have to go out of town to turn off your water heater. Timers can switch it off after your morning shower and switch it back on again just before you get home, saving the waste of it running all day.

BONUS TIP: Turn off your appliances from anywhere with smart plugs.

Smart plugs allow you to remotely control appliances, lights, and HVAC systems in your house, switching them off when you’re out and then back on when you return.

If you’re wondering why it’s important to save energy at home, the reasons are many. First of all, reducing power usage is better for the environment. You’ll help keep the air cleaner and conserve resources. Being energy-efficient is also budget-efficient — saving energy can help save money.

Teaching your children ways to save energy at home makes them responsible at an early age and creates lifelong responsible habits. A few easy changes can preserve a happier and healthier world for generations to come.

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Why users still use to read news papers when in this technological world everything is accessible on net?

battery - 10/27/2023

It is remarkable

Elizabeth Miller - 1/20/2022

Convenient post and easy to apply, thank you!

Manpreet Singh Chawla - 4/27/2021

As solar equipment aren’t too much affordable for people, switching to LED lights is the far better solution to save electricity costs in India. These lights not only consume almost 60-70% less energy than traditional lights but also run for a longer duration.

Nigel - 9/25/2020

Very handy tips. Especially for those who really wanna save up energy. Thanks!

Jacob Lindenberg - 4/19/2020

In cold winter months it helps to leave your oven open after you are done cooking so the heat doesn’t go to waste.

Glow Green - 4/17/2020

Thanks for taking time to write these amazing tips to save energy. It is high time for every single person to follow these tips to make our environment a better place to live in.

Addison - 4/15/2020

energy is the best.Iove it.

Eileen Cleary - 3/19/2020

Typographical error in Energy Saving Tip 9 about incandescent lights

The text below the illustration should read 95% of the energy is given off as heat, not hear. Hear needs to be changed to heat.


Is there a easy way to check if there’s enough insulation in a closed wall ?? Is there a way to see if there’s insulation in the wall !! Have a cold rec. room—had heat checked but I think there’s not enough !!

Bob Mullins - 3/19/2020

Excellent tips, very helpful and educational thanks very much hopefully more customers take advantage of your kindness.

Nilesh Asolkar - 2/12/2020

Very good, you have told all the examples from 1 to 32 very well so that we can reduce energy consumption.Thanks
Some of the power saver devices just correct the fluctuations in the electricity and this also helps in saving electricity. Many of the available devices are of the same kind. Glad that you have reviewed it. OHM Assistant is one of the best power monitors available in market that helps one to monitor electricity consumption by home appliances. It is connected to your smartphone using easy to use interface. This power monitoring device helps to figure which electronics appliances are using the highest energy, using these details one can replace their old devices with energy-efficient devices; leading to power saving and saving on electricity bills.

Ten Worldwide - 1/29/2020

Informative but it seems so long to read. You can explain these points Lil briefs. Anyways, keep in mind for next time. Large pictures make it look extra long. Keep posting. The best thing is that you took every tiny issue like switch button and saving from drying. Thank you

Pawan Ranta - 1/18/2020

The best energy saving tip for home users is .. replace incandescent/fluorescent bulbs with LED lights.

Raka Adhyatma - 1/10/2020

thank you very much! this is very easy and need to applicate by anyone at home. very innnovative and simple way. may our earth getting better with green energy

Easy EPC - 1/3/2020

These are some great suggestions for ways to improve energy efficiency in homes. Simply replacing incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs can do a lot to improve energy efficiency. If you want suggestions specific to your home, you can hire an industry professional to complete a MEES report which will offer you the most economical ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency.


Brilliant tips! During winters, we use a lot of electricity to heat up our indoors. Make sure you have a plan to seal the gaps of your doors and windows, through which freeze air can come. Set timer on your appliances. Say good bye to incandescent bulbs and welcome LEDs.

Eric Hasko - 7/12/2019

The biggest way to save money on energy is to become educated and break bad habits. What good is an LED bulb if the light is left on all day? What good is a low flow shower head if you still take an hour shower? Energy efficient products + good habits = a lot of saved money.

Trevor - 6/29/2019

Solar panels can significantly reduce or eliminate your energy bill and you can feel good about it. Much cleaner and renewable energy

    Constellation - 7/10/2019

    Hi Trevor – We agree that solar energy is a cleaner energy source. You can feel good about how you’re using your energy and your efficiency. Thank you!


Washing full loads of clothes and dishes does help in saving energy and monthly power bills. CFLs are better than halogen bulbs and LEDs are better than both, when comes to choosing an option that is environment-friendly.

    Constellation - 7/10/2019

    We couldn’t agree more! We appreciate you checking out our blog. Come back for more tips and tricks on how to conserve energy in your home. Thank you!

Constellation - 6/5/2019

You’re welcome! We’re glad you found the tips useful. Keep checking back for more posts that can help you save energy in and around the home!


Thumbs up for your tips. With my experience of saving energy, I can say putting on the timer while planning to use the air-conditioning unit at night can make a huge difference. Iron clothes in bulk by scheduling a specific day every week Keep in mind that iron takes way more electricity when you just open it.

    Constellation - 6/5/2019

    We’re glad you found our tips useful! And we appreciate your tips as well. It’s great you’ve found other ways to save energy!

Save on Electricity usage - 2/22/2019

I like very fact and detail it gives. Your blog was filled with interesting ideas! But I would like to add one, try to invest in renewable power sources if it is available in your place. Install some solar panels that will surely help you with power bill problems.

    Constellation Community Team - 3/8/2019

    We agree that investing in renewable energy resources — that’s why Constellation offers renewable energy plans in select states!

Michael Joseph - 1/31/2019

epic tips on saving energy and electricity bills! if i may add – installing shades or blinds on windows that have direct sun exposure could also minimize warmth getting into the house, hence it saves energy.

    Constellation Community Team - 3/8/2019

    Michael, we agree! Installing blinds, curtains, or blinds can help keep the cool air in.

Megha - 12/19/2018

Good post with helpful suggestions! People don’t save energy for environment. They do it for to reduce their next electricity bill. Please do your bit to help environment to sustain for long.

    Constellation Community Team - 1/23/2019

    Hi Meghan, we agree – saving energy for the environment, in addition for your electricity bill, is a wise way to go through life!

Peter Agudelo - 12/17/2018

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    Constellation Community Team - 1/23/2019

    Hi Peter, that’s great to hear! Thanks for sharing.

Kaylee - 12/15/2018

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    Constellation Community Team - 1/23/2019

    Hi Kaylee, we’re happy to help!

Olivia - 11/14/2018

The information you provided in your blog was very good. It provided me with great knowledge about energy efficiency tools. I am really satisfied after reading the post.

    Constellation Community Team - 1/23/2019

    Hi Olivia, that’s fantastic to hear. Thanks for visiting!

Deborah - 10/9/2018

In the UK we have on/off switches for each plug socket… Make sure you switch them off!

    Constellation Community Team - 11/7/2018

    Hi Deborah, we love the way the UK uses switched socket outlets. They’re excellent for energy conservation. This is a great energy-saving suggestion for any UK readers, thanks for contributing!

Emma Miah - 8/25/2018

Last year, I spent some considerable time resolving my girlfriend’s utility bills due to a whole host of complicated issues such as billing for incorrect meter, non-reconciliation of payment, final payment notices plus interest. Eventually all resolved with nothing to pay, but took 5 months of calls, emails and documentation. Thankfully, my girlfriend had all the documentation from the specialist who had visited 6 months prior to confirm meter for the premises and the correct meter number.

We also had an issue with outstanding gas debt (caused by her ex). Resolved the debt through a re-payment plan per month, agreeing fixed amount per month and last payment date – especially as she moved to a new (modern) premises, so we needed agreement to tie up loose ends.

    Constellation Community Team - 8/29/2018

    Hi Emma, it seems like you’ve been diligently working to reduce your energy costs and cutting down debt! You’ve been making great energy decisions. Another way you might be able to bring stability to your energy budget could be through a Constellation fixed-rate natural gas plan.

Hilton Electrical - 6/11/2018

These are really great tips on saving energy at home. Unplugging the unused electricals at home is one of the best tips on saving energy, and not just it can save energy and electricity, it also prevents bad happenings like fire or electrical shortage and other stuffs due to unplugged electricals.

    Constellation Community Team - 7/16/2018

    Hi Hilton Electric, thank you! Yes, we agree — unplugging your electrical devices while not in use has a wide array of positive effects.

Judith - 2/22/2018

Very good ideas how to save energy. I also want to share mine which is using natural source of light and in the same time I’m saving money.Thank you for all the tips and hopefully even mine will help.

    Constellation Community Team - 2/28/2018

    Judith, thanks so much for the kind words, and your helpful tips!

phil - 2/16/2018

Thank you
This is a great article.I am really fond of energy saving and renewal energy. Also please check this out. Solar and turbine setup totally for complete beginners, very very helpful.

    Constellation Community Team - 2/28/2018

    Phil, that’s great to hear, and we are too!

Maria - 2/24/2016

I do 90 percent of these things. In fact I unplug almost everything when I am not using it …tv toaster coffee pot microwave lights. I have GO thermal heating and air. There are only 3 adults living in my 2200 sq ft house and we are not here most days. Our electric bill runs between 300.00-500.00 per month. What are we doing wrong ?? Any suggestions???
Thank you

    Constellation Community Team - 8/9/2017

    Hi, Maria: Thank you so much for expressing your concerns. There are lots of small changes you can make in your home, and it sounds like you’re really doing your part to be energy efficient. Perhaps there’s something that you’re not aware of that’s affecting your energy consumption. It might be a good idea for you to consider a home energy audit in order to see if your home has air leaks, cracks or some other inefficiencies that could be affecting your costs. I have more information on energy audits here: https://blog.constellation.com/2015/12/11/what-is-a-energy-audit-how-to-find-a-home-energy-auditor/

A. Whitley - 2/18/2016

Very informative. Dispelled some myths. And the quiz and 31 tips were fun to read. Thanks!

Nancy Johnson - 2/2/2016

Are the timers for water heaters available in hardware stores as seen in Tip # 21?

    Constellation Community Team - 8/9/2017

    Hi Nancy, great question! Yes, you should be able to purchase a water heater timer at your local hardware store, a big-box home improvement store or any other general department or discount store that sells appliances.

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