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
As the temperatures drop, open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home.
Insulate heating ducts in unheated areas, such as attics and crawlspaces, to prevent heat loss.
Weatherize your home using caulk or weatherstripping. Seal air leaks around letter drops, vents, door frames and windows.
Check your furnace’s air filter once a month. A dirty filter slows air flow, making the system work harder, which wastes energy.
Set your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit in winter. For every one degree Fahrenheit you lower your thermostat, you will use one percent less energy.
Keep the damper in your fireplace closed unless a fire is burning; otherwise, your heated or cooled air can escape through the chimney.
Unplug chargers when electronics are fully charged, or chargers are not in use to avoid using “vampire power.”
Streaming a show? Digital media players use 15 times less energy than a game console. Tablets use four times less energy than a laptop.
In the cooler months, set ceiling fans to a clockwise rotation to push warm air down.