We’re all looking for ways to cut costs on utilities and lighten our carbon footprint. This is because all of us are not aware of the largest energy guzzlers in our homes and dealers (for a comprehensive list, consult your utilities provider). Items that use the most energy in our homes include: heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers and any other giant appliances used on a respected basis (for a full list, consult your utilities provider). Though all of us need to use these items regularly, there are some positive energy saving tips all of us can follow to cut back on energy use and costs. First, invest in a programmable thermostat. This will ensure that your oil furnace and air conditioner operate only when the indoor temperature dips below a particular point in the Winter and reaches a particular high in the summer. Second, clean the ducts and vents connected to your HVAC system. This will allow your HVAC plan to run at optimum levels, which will translate into lower energy use and costs. Third, be sure that the insulation in your beach house or office is up to par. Poor insulation can reduce the effectiveness of your HVAC plan since cool air and hot air can definitely escape, requiring your HVAC plan to run longer to maintain indoor temperatures. Finally, on moderate nights, supply your HVAC plan a rest and allow mother nature to cool or sizzling your home. Open a window or use screen doors. These small steps can help reduce your carbon footprint and save energy costs. For a comprehensive list of energy-saving tips, consult your utilities provider.