The average U.S. household spends $5,550 per year on energy, according to the Alliance to Save Energy. Finding ways to conserve energy will not only save you money, it will also help our environment. More energy usage means we need to produce or import more energy sources like oil, natural gas and coal. So, by conserving energy, we are able to keep more resources on the earth longer. To help you with that, we’ve found four ways to save energy that go beyond those tips to unplug electronics and turn down the thermostat in the winter (though you should do those, too!).

1. Rearrange your furniture.

According to, placing things that heat up, like lamps or TVs, near your thermostat sensor can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary. The reason? The thermostat senses heat from the appliances. Rearrange those items and you’ll save energy.

2. Plug electronics into a power strip.

This makes it more convenient to switch everything off when you’re not using it. This easy tip alone can save you…