Replace aging, inefficient appliances. Look for the Energy Star® label to select energy-efficient models.
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 annually.
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 some use more electricity than older televisions. Look for the Energy Star® label to select energy-efficient models.
Shut down the computer. Conserve energy by turning off or using sleep mode for computers not in use for two hours or more.