1. Your fridge use accounts for 20% of a home’s energy use each year, so adjust the thermostat to 37┬ádegrees in the refrigerator and 3 degrees in the freezer. If you have an energy saver, make sure it is on and look at the gasket around the door to make sure it is sealing properly.

2.When you use your washing machine, opt for either warm or cold water, rather than hot for washing your clothes.

3. When you run your washer or dishwasher, do so with a full load. If you allow your dishes to air dry and do not use your dishwasher’s drying cycle, you can save 20 % of the amount of electricity that you dishwasher uses each year.

4. Adjust the thermostat on your water heater down from 140 degrees to 120 degrees.

5.If you replace your old appliances, do so with the most energy-efficient ones that are within your budget. The Energy-Star label indicates products which both save energy and protect the environment by limiting pollution.