It is possible to save on energy costs, and a good place to start is with your HVAC system. Upgrading to an Energy Star system can save you money over the long term; otherwise simply keeping your A/C and heating system maintained can help. Changing your daily habits can also lower those bills too, and that can be as simple as turning lights off when, not in use, unplugging appliances, washing dishes by hand, and air-drying clothes instead of using the dryer. LED light bulbs last up to 25 times longer than regular bulbs, and replacing all the bulbs in your home can save money. And it may seem like a big initial investment, but installing solar panels can pay for itself within a few years. Proper home installation and installing energy-efficient windows are also simple yet effective ways to lower energy costs.