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gopostal:
To save money on utilities, I leave my heat and air turned off.  Besides, it's broken anyway.  If I had it repaired, I would just have to pay to run it.  I live in a condo on the second floor, and for the most part, the inside temp doesn't drop below 50 in the winter.  It rarely tops 78 in the summer (but it's a humid 78).  When the temperature is uncomfortable, I just leave and go find something to do.  My power bill runs about $25 a month.

ClairS:
To save time and space here, please allow me to direct you to Energy Savings page at my website. It includes tips on energy savings of all sorts, and it links to specific energy saving ideas that apply to the kitchen and laundry.

http://www.frugal-living-freedom.com/energy-saving-tips.html

The idea is relatively simple. You can keep the money in your pocket or give it to the power company. Trust me, if you save 25% on your energy bill, the power company won't even notice, but you'll notice.

We heat with wood mostly, and even if we just supplement our heat with wood, we save at least $100 a month, and sometimes more like $200 a month. Our savings all depends on rates, how warm we keep the home, and how much we push around the heat from the wood stoves with electric fans (that add to the utility bill).

Clair

refuge821:
Water is expensive where we live because we're on a private system.  So, we have landscaped with native plants so we don't have to waste a lot of water in the yard. 
http://www.thenatureinus.com/2008/05/native-plant-gardening.html

That means getting rid of all that grass and adding deciduous bushes and trees that the birds like and that will shade the house for less energy use in summer and winter.

I like this conversation between God and St. Francis:
http://www.thenatureinus.com/2008/03/lawns-god-st-francis.html

Here's a link to ways to water lawn more efficiently:
http://www.wikihow.com/Water-Your-Lawn-Efficiently

Another thing we do is not to let the water run (like while brushing teeth or washing vegetables - we soak them in a bowl of water with Sunshine Concentrate to get the chemicals off).  We also don't turn it on full force.  This can cut your water bill greatly along with not taking "forever" showers that last 20 minutes.

Cutting the power bill just takes setting up new habits.  When we were raising our son it we taught him to turn off the lights and ceiling fans any time he left a room that had nobody left in it.  We still do that.  Don't tell yourself you'll be right back - you'll get distracted and come back hours later.  We also do this on the thermostat when we leave the house and go to bed.  We don't need a programmable one when our minds are already programmed.

Matter of fact, it's a family funny about it since he lived with his grandparents while taking a new job in their city.  They might all be sitting in the family room talking and Ben would get up to leave and turn the lights off.  Don't you wish all the things you taught your children were so ingrained?   :D

Pulling the plug on all those appliances and electronics that use power even when they're off can make a dent also.  They're said to be 5% of your bill.

ceejay1016:
I am interested in more opinions regarding putting major appliances such as the hot water heater and refrigerator on a timer. Is there any indications that this may be harmful to the appliances themselves, or that the appliances use more energy re-heating or re-cooling?

RobinS:
Heat on 60 at night and 68 when we are home.

Wash clothes in cold, towels and undies in warm/cold rinse.

When clothes are done, toss in dryer to get the wrinkles out, then hang them up.

In the summer, a/c on 78 in the day and 76 when we are home.

Only run dishwasher when it is full.

Wash my car at the carwash, they recycle water.

Before we replaced our windows, in the winter, we coverd the inside with plastic, the stuff that you use the hairdryer to shrink it air tight.

I combine trips on the weekend so that we go out only once, do the errands all in one shot, saves gas.

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