Resolve to Shed Those kWhs
Examine all of your appliances – from the dishwasher to the computer – to determine if they have an energy saving feature. Once you find it, set it and use it. You won’t notice the difference, but the savings will add up.
Track down energy “vampires.” Even when not in use, some appliances still use electricity, so unplug those clocks, TVs, nightlights and radios in unused guest rooms.
If you buy a major appliance like a washer or refrigerator next year, check the Energy Guide label that explains how energy efficient it is. Better yet, buy an ENERGY STAR® model. Even if it costs more initially, you’ll save over the life of the appliance.
Install a programmable thermostat that automatically turns the heat down when you are asleep or out of the house. If you already have one, set back the temperature by 5 to 10 degrees when you go to bed or leave home for the day. You’ll see the difference on your electric bill.