Use your microwave oven as much as possible rather than your regular oven. You’ll save energy.
When buying appliances, compare yellow EnergyGuide labels, not just prices, to make sure you buy an energy efficient unit.
The size of your pan should match the size of your burner for the highest efficiency.


Put full loads in the dishwasher and use the “energy saving” setting for the drying cycle, or let dishes air dry to reduce energy use.

Clothes Washers

Hang your clothes outdoors to dry.
When doing your laundry, use a cold water wash on full loads.
Clean the lint trap regularly to keep it running more efficiently and make sure the exhaust isn’t blocked.
Horizontal-axis clothes washers (front loaders) are far more gentle and effective on your clothes, and are much more energy efficient when compared to traditional clothes washers.


Defrost your refrigerator regularly so it can operate more efficiently.
Vacuum and clean the condenser coils, motor and evaporator pan of your refrigerator once or twice a year, and leave space between your refrigerator and the surrounding walls and cabinets to allow air to circulate around the coils.
Keep your refrigerator away from the stove and heat registers. By being next to those items, you’re making your refrigerator work twice as hard and decreasing its overall efficiency.
Test your refrigerator and freezer by placing a thermometer inside for an hour. The reading should be as follows:

Refrigerator 36-38°F 2.2- 3.3°C
Freezers 10-15°F -12.2  – -9.4°C

Select a refrigerator/freezer with energy-saving features. It will use 20% less electricity than the standard model.
Avoid purchasing used refrigerators, as an older refrigerator often uses more than three times the energy of today’s models.
Make sure the seals on your refrigerator, freezer and oven doors fit tightly.


DVD Products, Home Audio & Combination Units

Don’t forget to turn off your DVD player, video game console and television.
Plug your DVD and home audio products into an advanced power strip so that when you turn off the television, all of the home audio and video components will also turn off.
Consider combination products to save space, simplify set-up, and save energy in standby mode.

Televisions & VCRs

Turn televisions off when no-one is watching them. A TV left on for 8 hours a day or while you sleep will cost you eventually..
When choosing a new television look for the ENERGY STAR label to save energy.
If considering a flat-panel or large-screen television, consider purchasing an LCD model rather than a plasma model to cut your power usage by approximately 50%.