If you live in an area of the world where the summers are hot, turn on your ceiling fans before you touch your thermostat. Using a ceiling fan can make a room feel 10 degrees cooler and a fan uses just 10 percent of the energy that a central air conditioner does, according to the US Natural Resource Defense Council.
If you haven't switched to LED, now is the time. The US Department of Energy says that LEDs use at least 75 percent less energy -- and last 25 times longer -- than incandescent lighting. That equals a lot of savings!
The way these work is, you simply screw the detector into a light socket. Then, you screw the (hopefully energy-efficient) light bulb into the motion detector. It's crazy-easy, and the US Department of Energy says that using sensors like these can cut wasted lighting electricity by 30 percent.
Here are some ways to monitor and reduce your electricity usage with some smart gadgets and upgrades, and a few easy tricks.
According to the California Energy Commission, if you turn off the burner early, the stove will still release enough heat to finish up whatever you're cooking, but will save electricity. This tip works for most dishes, though there are a few exceptions.
Every time you open your oven door, the internal temperature can drop 25 degrees. Then, your oven has to use more electricity to bring the temperature back up. To save electricity, peek through the window and rely on your oven's light instead of opening the door.
You may think that your electronics and appliances are energy-efficient, but are you using more electricity than you think? This $30 item may be the answer.
The Belkin WeMo Insight and the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug are little gadgets that plug into your wall and monitor how much electricity whatever you plug into them uses. The findings may just inspire you to unplug or upgrade your energy-sucking appliances.
If you don't want to check one appliance's energy consumption at a time, you can go large. Your circuit breaker panel is the hub for all of the power going through your house, and it can tell you a lot about where all your electricity goes.
You can add devices such as the Curb, Neurio or Ecoisme to your circuit breaker so that you can monitor every power-using item in your home. More knowledge about where your electricity goes is a big step toward saving it.
The California Energy Commission says that dryers use approximately 6 percent of a home's total electricity usage. You can help your dryer work more efficiently by keeping it clean. Always cleaning the lint trap after every load is one of the most important things you can do. Here's more on how to deep-clean your dryer.
Switching to a 2.5-gallon-per-minute (low-flow) showerhead and taking a 10-minute shower not only saves you 5 gallons of water over taking a bath, it also saves up to $145 each year in electricity, according to Energy Star.
You may not be able to convert your whole home to solar power, but there are a bunch of small ways you can incorporate it into your life. For example, this Addtop Portable Solar Power Bank can make and store up to 25,000mAh of power for recharging your gadgets.