When was the last time the coils on your air conditioning system were cleaned? Dirty coils can cause your system to work harder to heat or cool the house and therefore increase energy use. Also make sure there are no holes in the ducts that might be major leakage sources. Take a look at all aspects of the system or have a contractor perform an evaluation. Either way, keeping a system in check and performing at its highest level can reduce your energy consumption and in turn save you money.
Cleaning and maintaining your heating and cooling system can also extend the life of your equipment.