Replace aging, inefficient appliances, and electronics with Energy Star appliances. Look for the Energy Star label to select energy-efficient models. Energy Star models use much less power than their counterparts.

Wash full loads of laundry using cold water when possible. Don’t over-dry clothes, and clean the dryer’s lint filter after every load to maximize air circulation.

Use the energy-saving settings on refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers. Air-dry dishes by opening the dishwasher instead of using the heated drying cycle.

Keep your refrigerator or freezer at recommended temperatures of 37°F to 40°F for the refrigerator and 5°F for the freezer. Have the coils cleaned at least twice per year.

Cook smarter! Match the size of the pan to the heating element. Use electric pans, toaster ovens or microwaves for small meals. You will use less energy and reduce cooking time.

Turn off the television when no one is watching. Today’s state-of-the-art, high-definition sets offer amazing viewing, but also use more electricity than older televisions. Use power strip cords and turn off when not in use.

Shut down the computer. Conserve energy by turning off or using sleep mode for computers not in use for two hours or more. Use power strip cords and turn off when not in use.