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Look for ENERGYSTAR and EnergyGuide appliances. These appliances meet the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's seal of approval for energy efficiency and are high-performance products that will reduce the operating cost of the appliance and work more efficiently. For more information on ENERGYSTAR visit:
  • Set thermostats at proper temperatures (between 38-40 degrees Fahrenheit for your refrigerator and 5 degrees for your freezer)
  • Make sure doors have a tight seal
  • Clean your refrigerator coils every so often
  • Don't allow frost to build up more than one-quarter of an inch


  • Microwaves use only about half the energy of most conventional ovens
  • Keep the interior clean
  • Cook food in serving dishes to save on dish washing


  • Weather-strip and caulk all windows
  • Keep shades lowered in the summer, raised in the winter
  • Window tinting can save you money


  • Wash full loads (A fully loaded dishwasher will use less energy than would be required if the same amount of dishes were hand-washed, according to the Association of Appliance Manufacturers.)
  • Many dishwashers have internal heating elements that allow you to decrease the temperature
  • Let your dishes air dry


  • Keep interior and exterior clean
  • Cook several items at once
  • Avoid preheating when possible
  • Defrost food before cooking
  • Self-cleaning ovens are more efficient thanks to additional insulation


  • Use cold water whenever possible
  • Repair leaky faucets immediately
  • Fill the sink to hand wash dishes, don't let the water run


  • Turn off exhaust fan as soon as you are finished using it. In just one hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of warmed or cooled air.

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