1. Use the warm and cold water setting on your washer, which use significantly less energy than hot water.
  2. Set your dryer to use low heat and remove the lint in the dryer filter after every run to improve efficiency.
  3. Only run full loads in the washer, dryer and dishwasher; they use the same amount of energy regardless of how full the load is.
  4. Set your dishwasher to use a cool air dry, or skip the drying cycle all together and air dry your dishes.
  5. Turn off electronics and unplug battery chargers when not in use. Home electronics and appliances account for about 20% of your energy bill. But unfortunately, a lot of that energy is going to waste. DVD/VCRs, televisions, stereos, computers, and kitchen appliances continue to draw a small amount of power even when they’re in off or standby mode. These electricity leaks are called “phantom loads” – but the added expense they cause is very real.
  6. Keep your refrigerator temperature setting at 37 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer 3 degrees Fahrenheit, the most energy efficient temperatures.
  7. Don’t allow frost to build up in your freezer. Frost build-up reduces the efficiency of your freezer.
  8. Refrigerators and freezers actually operate most efficiently when full, so keep your refrigerator and freezer as full as possible.
  9. Aging refrigerators, dishwashers and washers and dryers can be huge energy guzzlers. It pays to buy the most energy efficient new models you can afford. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models.