Energy Efficiency Made Simple
Energy efficiency – using less energy to provide the same level of energy service
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efficient_energy_use)

How many times have you left home and left your computer or television plugged in? How many times have you gone into your bathroom to brush your teeth and left the water running? While you may not be aware of it, little actions like this can have a huge impact. Energy efficiency can be easily done in just a few easy steps.

The International Energy Agency suggests a few changes in your home that can provide energy efficiency. Some of those changes include switching your lights off when they are not in use, or even dimming them, adjusting your thermostat, taking shorter showers and unplugging things when you are going to be away from home. By making sure your home has adequate insulation, you keep the warm air in during the winter and the cool air out. This will control the temperature. At one point in your lifetime, your parents have probably said “Why do you need that light on, it is broad daylight outside?” You may have even actually said that to your children. What you may not have noticed is that you were being told to usenatural lighting or you were instructing someone to use it.

When doing your laundry, use the cold water instead of the hot water. There is only a small difference when using the hot water. Also, instead of using the dryer, you could install a clothesline. Speaking of water, did you know it takes more water to actually wash dishes than it does to use a dishwasher? Use the energy efficient setting and watch the savings roll in. For those of you who are plant lovers, you could alsoharvest rain water to water your indoor plants instead of using the water from the sink!

Make sure you home is well ventilated. This prevents moisture and mold from accumulating, making your home more efficient. By practicing energy conservation, you make it a priority to save on electricity and put more money back into your pocket. Solar energy is also a great way to save. You actually pay for only what you use. There are many things that can be used asalternative energy that would enable you to be energy efficient. You could also use a solar motion sensor light outside instead of a porch light. In all the light fixtures, use fluorescent lights or LED lights. These are much more efficient.
References
International Energy Agency

http://www.iea.org/textbase/nppdf/free/2005/savingElec.pdf