Clean your refrigerator coils to improve the efficiency of your fridge.

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Cover pots when boiling to prevent the release of heat.

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When possible, wash clothes in cold water. Over 75% of a washing machine's energy is used to heat the water.

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Use low-flow showerheads to reduce household water use up to 40%.

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Dry laundry on the lowest heat settings; you’ll use less energy and it’s gentler on your clothes.

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ENERGY STAR certified products use less energy and water than standard models that meet minimum federal guidelines.

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Go outside! Give the appliances in your kitchen a break and fire up the grill.

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Open the oven only when necessary. When opened, the temperature is reduced by up to 25%.

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Replace your electric water heater with a heat pump water heater for two to three times more efficiency.

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Unplug your video game devices when you are not playing.

Switch your electronics to energy-saving mode when not in use.

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Turn off the monitor if you aren't going to use your PC again for more than 20 minutes.

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Use a power strip or electronics timer for your appliances to reduce power usage.

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Turn off both the CPU and monitor if you're not going to use your PC for more than 2 hours.

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ENERGY STAR-labeled computers use 30%-65% less energy

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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.

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Weatherize your home using caulk or weatherstripping. Seal air leaks around letter drops, vents, door frames and windows.

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Check your furnace’s air filter once a month. A dirty filter slows air flow, making the system work harder, which wastes energy.

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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.

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Keep the damper in your fireplace closed unless a fire is burning; otherwise, your heated or cooled air can escape through the chimney.

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Unplug chargers when electronics are fully charged, or chargers are not in use to avoid using “vampire power.”

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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.

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