Use the air-dry option on your dishwasher if available or open the door after the final rinse cycle to dry the dishes.
Only run dishwashers and clothes washers when fully loaded.
Keep your refrigerator and freezer full. They operate more efficiency when full.
When drying clothes, do not overfill the dryer and use the automatic setting if available. Dry loads back-to-back if possible. Remember to clean the lint filter between loads.
Unplug or recycle that spare refrigerator in the garage if you don‘t really need it. Refrigerators are typically the second largest electricity users in a home. If your refrigerator is more than ten years old, consider replacing it.
Always choose Energy Star-labeled appliances.
Except for refrigerators and freezers that keep food cold, unplug all electronic devices, chargers, and appliances when they are not being used. They can still use a large amount of energy even when they are in the “Off” or “Power Save Mode”. Consider plugging these devices into power strips with an on-off switch.
Ensure that the clothes dryer’s outside air vent is well-sealed.
Keep the condenser coils on the back of your refrigerator and freezer clean.
When considering the purchase of new appliances, consult Energy Star (energystar.gov) for information on which models they have approved to use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment.