There are numerous, free or low cost steps you can take yourself to save on and lower your utility bills. It is fairly simple to save up to 40% on your utility bills. Any money you can save on your utility bills will reduce your need for utility bill assistance.
Find out how a low cost, simple to install programmable thermostat can reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 20%.
Make your next appliance an energy efficient appliance, and save up to $400 per year on your energy bills. Many states also provide rebates that people can use to save money on their new appliances.
CFL bulbs use 1/3 of the energy as a standard light bulb, and CFL bulbs will save you up to $30 per bulb installed over the light bulbs lifetime.
Last, but not least, almost one half of the energy used in your home or apartment goes towards heating or cooling it, and you can take a few simple steps to save up to 30% on your overall home heating and cooling costs.
Most utility companies offer free weatherization programs or consultations for homeowners and renters. What may happen is that a professional, highly trained employee or contractor from the utility company will visit the customers home or apartment. They will analyze the customers energy usage, and recommend energy conserving enhancements to their home. The customer will then need to apply for the program. Find a listing of weatherization programs by state. Read more.