During the summer, set your thermostat at 78 degrees when you are home. Using a fan may allow you to set your thermostat above 78 degrees because of the increased air circulation that it creates. You are saving between 1-3%, on utility bills, for every degree above 72.
Use major appliances before noon and after 7 pm, in order to avoid peak usage times.
Use cold water whenever possible to cut back on the cost of energy it takes to heat up water.
Turn off any appliances or lights that are not in use, such as switching off lights when you leave a room.
During the summer, keep shades over south-facing windows closed during the day in order to prevent heat from entering the house. Conversely, during the winter, keep the shades on the south-facing windows open during the day and closed at night.