- Install a low flow shower head (there are some nice ones out now-a-days)
- Wash clothes in cold water
- Run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher
- If available, use the energy savings settings on your dishwasher and washing machine
- Consider air drying your clothes. saves energy, money and keeps your clothes lasting longer.
- Take a shorter shower
- Learn how to set power management on your computer
- Download the Google Desktop Power Management Gadget
- Buy a Climate Savers certified energy efficient computer
- Plug your computer peripherals (printer, scanner, speakers, fax machine) into a powerstrip and power down when not in use.
Electronics and Home Appliances:
- Turn down the brightness on your TV and computer monitor
- Look for and purchase ENERGY STAR appliances and electronics
- Consider replacing that old, second refrigerator in the basement – This calculator determines how much energy your refrigerator is using
- Plug home electronics into a powerstrip and turn off when not in use. Or unplug appliances that you rarely use – when was the last time you used that VCR?
- Don’t keep your refrigerator and freezer too cold. Set temperature between 36-38 degrees F and freezers at 0-5 degrees.
Other Energy-saving Tips:
- Grist: 7 ways to cut your energy use
- Alliance to Save Energy: No-Cost Low-Cost Tips for Saving Money & Energy
- Department of Energy: Additional No-Cost / Low Cost Tips to Save Energy
- Carbon footprint calculator
- ACEEE: Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings
- Home Energy Savers: Calculate your home’s energy footprint
- Get a home energy audit