Here are some helpful ideas that can save you money on your home's energy bill and also the gas pump:
* Replace old air conditioners with a high-efficiency unit to save up to 40% in energy costs. Install the unit in a shaded area to save even more. For central air conditioners, install a programmable thermostat to conserve energy.
* Plant trees outside your home to shield it from the sun, and install dual-pane glass windows. Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows, seal any leaks that could cause drafts from outdoors, and install solar screens on windows that are exposed to direct sunlight.
At The Pump:
* Check your tire pressure, and keep them inflated properly. Poor wheel alignment and under-inflated tires require more energy to run.
* Fill up on weekdays are prices usually rise on the weekend. The best times to buy gas are on Tuesday afternoons or Wednesday mornings.