Energy Efficient Appliances
The first thing that you need to do is to install energy efficient appliances. These will include lights and your more used products such as televisions and refrigerators. This will cut a fair amount as traditional appliances generally can take up to twice the power.
You also need to be smart in your usage. You do not get any points for keeping all the unnecessary lights on and it is better to turn off the lights when you leave a place. Turn the appliances off when you are not using them, such as the microwave, the television and the computer. Even when they are in the sleep mode, these appliances can take from ten to thirty percent of the normal consumption which is pretty high.
The family can stay together and instead of having three different televisions and sets of lights on at the same time, using one will just do fine. This will not only save money but will also give some much needed family.
Be careful in usage of water and do not waste this precious resource. Use smart water warmers which only work when needed and do not remain on all day. You can also use a water meter for the water that is used for watering the plants and grass. The amount can be deducted from your water drainage bill.
For new home owners, it is a good idea to use such materials in the house that reduce the effects of the weather and thus help in reducing the use of heating as well as cooling. Having trees around can also help in a big way, especially during summers.