Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to
save on heating and cooling costs.
Switch and install to Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
GE Energy Smart™, ENERGY STAR® qualified CFL's use up to 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to ten times longer.
Unplug appliances when you're not using them. Or, use a "smart" power strip that senses when
appliances are off and cuts "phantom" or "vampire" energy use.
In the average home, 40% of electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off but still plugged in. Make sure to unplug chargers and appliances when you are not using them.
Buy ENERGY STAR appliances.
Energy Star® appliances use 10-50% less energy and water than traditional models. Nearly all appliances, from TVs to air conditioners to washers and dryers, have models that are made to meet ENERGY STAR® standards. Go to www.energystar.gov for more information.
Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85% of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
Don't air condition an empty room.
Air conditioners are one of the largest consumers of electricity. Be sure to shut off your air conditioner when you're not home and manually set the thermostats and timers found on newer models. Also, using shades to help cool your home substantially reduces the amount of time your air conditioner needs to run.
Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying.