Clean your refrigerator coils to improve the efficiency of your fridge.
Cover pots when boiling to prevent the release of heat.
When possible, wash clothes in cold water. Over 75% of a washing machine's energy is used to heat the water.
Use low-flow showerheads to reduce household water use up to 40%.
Dry laundry on the lowest heat settings; you’ll use less energy and it’s gentler on your clothes.
ENERGY STAR certified products use less energy and water than standard models that meet minimum federal guidelines.
Go outside! Give the appliances in your kitchen a break and fire up the grill.
Open the oven only when necessary. When opened, the temperature is reduced by up to 25%.
Replace your electric water heater with a heat pump water heater for two to three times more eﬃciency.
Unplug your video game devices when you are not playing.
Switch your electronics to energy-saving mode when not in use.
Turn off the monitor if you aren't going to use your PC again for more than 20 minutes.
Use a power strip or electronics timer for your appliances to reduce power usage.
Turn off both the CPU and monitor if you're not going to use your PC for more than 2 hours.
ENERGY STAR-labeled computers use 30%-65% less energy
Switch your fan blades to spin counterclockwise to push cool air down.
Cook outside! Barbecuing is an energy-efficient way to cook—you aren’t heating up your house, and you’re not using any energy.
Choose an ENERGY STAR® certified room air conditioner and use 10% less energy.
Check your air filter every month. A dirty filter will slow down airflow and make the system work harder to keep you cool.
Install an ENERGY STAR® certified smart thermostat. A smart thermostat that has earned ENERGY STAR certification is Wi-Fi enabled and can automatically adjust temperature settings in your home for optimal performance.
Seal your ducts. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your cooling system by as much as 20%.
Shade your home from direct sunlight—use shades, drapes and awnings to block the sun from heating your home.
Heat-producing tasks, such as laundry and cooking, can make your air conditioner work harder. Perform these tasks during the cooler morning or evening hours to help keep energy costs down and your living space comfortable.
Plant some shade trees! Shade landscaping positions trees and other vegetation so their shade falls on the house and provides protection from direct sunlight.