Energy Efficiency

Change the world on any budget.

With energy costs on the rise, take advantage of every energy savings available to you. Illinois Extension has practical ways to change your energy-use habits so you can use your money the ways that bring you joy. 

These energy saving ideas cost you nothing!

  • Turn off lights when you leave a room
  • Use sunlight for light or heat wherever practical
  • Match pot size to burner size and cover with lid
  • Set hot water heater no higher than 120°F
  • Wash clothes in cold or warm water
  • Use Energy Star qualified computer sleep feature
  • Turn off electronics and unplug chargers when not in use
  • Use window blinds or shades to keep out cold or heat
  • Fully load dishwashers, clothes washers, and dryers
  • Adjust your thermostat when leaving home for an extended time.


Try these low-cost energy saving practices.

  • Replace burned out bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Lamp bulbs
  • Replace furnace an air conditioning filters monthly
  • Caulk between window/door frames and walls
  • Weather strip between window/door frames and walls
  • Add storm windows or use plastic film kits to improve single-pane windows
  • Purchase an insulating blanket for the hot water heater
  • Install motion sensors, dimmers, and timers for indoor and outdoor lighting
  • Plant trees to shelter your home from the elements


Look for energy efficient new purchases.

  • Upgrade to a high-efficiency furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump
  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Install double-pane windows with low e-coatings to reflect thermal radiation
  • Convert to compact and other fluorescent light bulbs
  • Purchase an energy-efficient refrigerator
  • Purchase a dishwasher that save water and energy
  • Purchase a clothes washer that saves water and energy
  • Purchase a clothes dryer with moisture sensor.
  • Select efficient home office equipment and electronics
  • Insulate attic, exterior walls, basement, and crawl spaces

Share this Change Your Habits tip sheet with others in your community and become an energy hero.