• Use microwaves and toaster ovens to cook or warm leftovers. You’ll use less energy than cooking with a conventional oven.

  • Pull the plug on that second fridge located in the hot garage or utility room.

  • Set your refrigerator temperature between 30 and 42°F. Use the power-save switch if you have one.

  • Repair refrigerator door seals if you feel cold air around the closed door or if moisture is collecting.

  • Replace a refrigerator bought in 1990 with an ENERGY STAR®-qualified model – energy-efficient models cost less to operate than older refrigerators.

  • Keep your freezer full – it uses less energy than an empty one. For maximum savings, consider filling your freezer with gallon containers of water.

  • Choose energy-efficient appliances. They save you money, and are good for the environment

  • Wash and dry several loads at once, so that your dryer isn't completely cooled down when it heats up for the next load.

  • Avoid over-drying your clothes. It wastes energy, plus causes static and wrinkling.

  • Separate wash loads into light and heavy fabrics for the shortest drying times. Or better yet – air-dry your lightest fabrics.

  • Vent your dryer to the outside to reduce the workload on your air conditioner.

  • Hang dress clothing to air dry on portable laundry racks; they will also look better.

  • Clean the dryer lint filter before every load to keep your dryer running efficiently.

  • Set your dishwashers on economy mode, to use less water and electricity.

  • Turn off your dishwasher after the wash cycle — and let your dishes air-dry. You'll save energy and keep your dishwasher from heating up your

  • Keep the oven door closed while cooking – the temperature can drop by as many as 25 degrees each time you open the oven door.

  • Grill out more often during the summer. Using the oven in the heat of summer forces your AC to work harder, which raises your energy bill.
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