New York City Homeowner's Guide -
The Interior (part 3)
Analyze your home's energy consumption looking for patterns - not just
by month or season, but also consider daily patterns. In winter, conserve
energy during the day by reducing the thermostat while you're away.
Also, find out if your electric company offers billing options with
reduced rates during non-peak hours (e.g., 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.). Under
such a program you can save money simply by running appliances (e.g.,
washers, dryers, dishwashers), only during off-peak hours.
If you're interested in more information on energy saving, your electric
company is a good starting point - most have brochures and literature
on the subject. Also, for a small fee some hydro companies will send
out an "energy advisor" who will do an on-site energy audit,
pointing out specific ways you can save energy.