Minimize indoor heat generation

Keep your home cooler from the inside out by turning lights off when they're not needed, and save heat-generating activities like cooking and doing laundry, for cooler evening hours.

Skill level: Basic
Saving on cooling costs only takes a little planning. Cook meals later in the evening, or outdoors if it's nice out, run your dishwasher at night, save laundry for early morning, and even line-dry clothes.
Cost range: Free
It won't cost you a penny to save use of appliances that generate heat for cooler times of the day, and turning off unused lights will help you save even more energy!
Savings: Varies
Reducing your need for home cooling by tackling it from the inside out will help cut your energy bills.