The red patterned sofa set is lit up by natural light.
Robbie Caponetto

Time to Save

While you're kicking back on the sofa, little leaks can add costs to your power bills. But you don't have to take these hits to your energy budget sitting down. Swing into gear and combat creeping costs with these quick fixes.


An overhead view of a room with good airflow.
Thomas J. Story

Smart Situating

Keep the air flowing by positioning furniture and other objects away from vents in your home. Adequate, efficient airflow puts less strain on your heating and air-conditioning systems.


Keeping Air Indoors

Install glass doors instead of a fireplace screen to help prevent heated air from escaping through your chimney. You also can reduce air leakage by using the fireplace less often, and by closing the damper after extinguishing fires.


Light shines into the room through downward-tilted blinds.
E. Andrew McKinney

Windows That Work

Put your window treatments to work according to the season. While it’s chilly, heat up rooms by letting sunlight in. In warmer weather, keep them cool by using shades, blinds, or curtains to block light.


A turned-off TV sits in a wide wall unit.
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Power Down

Turn off televisions, stereo systems, DVD players, and other electronics when you’re not using them.


Compact fluorescent light bulbs light up a small study.
John O’Hagan

Choose CFLs

Replace conventional light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). They typically last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, slashing energy costs by up to 75%.

Fast Fact: CFLs
CFLs don't always fit into standard lampshade harps, so take that into consideration when buying the bulbs. Often, the best solution is to purchase a harp adapter or extender, which takes care of the discrepancy.

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