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Sep. 05, 2012

With energy costs rising, all of us are looking for ways to stay comfortable without spending a fortune to do so; but where do you go to find out the best way to go about it?  Everyone’s needs are different; some are living in a cramped downtown loft, some in a large suburban home.  We’ve compiled a list of websites that offer tips and tricks that fit everyone’s needs.

This is your go-to website all year round.  The U.S. Department of Energy offers general tips for buying efficient appliances, remodeling for better efficiency, saving electricity, insulating, and ways to save on heating and cooling.  A comprehensive site.

Sub-pages to the U.S. Department of Energy’s main Energy Savers site that deal with tips to save energy inside your home and out, all year long. They give a list of low- and no-cost energy tips, including links to specific ways to apply the tips. There’s also a comprehensive guide to energy-related publications for consumers.

DTE Energy’s site offers information on how your gas and electric bills are calculated; no cost, low cost, and long-term energy solutions; and how to get a free energy-efficiency kit.

Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs includes links on how to reduce energy consumption and save on energy bills. You can also look up your specific power company’s utility programs.

Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office offers its Energy Toolkit that includes a DIY home energy project list, a home energy savings list, and simple behavior changes that can save utility costs all year around.

The Michigan Energy Efficiency Network is made up of blog posts, forums, and chat groups that all center around saving electricity, gas, water, and other natural resources.

A very cool interactive site that includes a diagram of a house that allows you to click on each room in order to get energy-savings tips for that specific room. Posted by the Florida Public Service Commission.

The California Energy Commission has a great site, including a page that lists free and inexpensive ways to save energy in the summer and winter.

This page offers some good tips, especially regarding water usage and humidity.

Florida Power and Lights lists its top 10 most effective ways to save energy.  And then gives an additional six tips as a bonus.


From the biggest mansion to the coziest bungalow, the rising price of energy affects everyone’s utility bills.  However, everyone also has the resources to lower those bills with a little research.

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