There's a website designed specifically for helping Maine residents save money on everything from heating costs to how many light bulbs they have to buy.

I had a chance to chat with Michael Stoddard, Executive Director of Efficiency Maine, about the many ways that this quasi-state run agency can save residents money. The whole purpose of Efficiency Maine, as a matter of fact, is to make your home run more efficiently, which is good news for your wallet. We agreed that it would be a good idea for residents to familiarize themselves with the website before they need it. You know, before your hot water heater dies and you desperately want to find a replacement so you can have a shower in the morning. If you're already familiar with the website, and maybe even bookmarked it in your computer, you'll know to go there and learn as much as you can about the best models to buy and maybe even some available rebates.

The website has valuable information for both residents and businesses. Here are a few of the ways Efficiency Maine can help, whether you own or rent your home.