Use a pot or pan that completely covers the stove’s heating element. When any part of the element is exposed, you’re wasting heat and energy.
When considering the layout of your kitchen, don’t place the refrigerator near an oven or other heat source so it will run more efficiently.
Lower the thermostat. In the winter, set the thermostat between 65 and 70 degrees during the day and to 58 degrees at night or when away from home for several hours. If you have a heat pump, make sure to slowly increase the temperature to avoid running the emergency heat.
When cooking small meals, try using a small toaster oven as opposed to a large conventional oven.
Get the kids to turn off the gaming console electronics when they’re not using them.
Like to fall asleep with the TV on? Put the TV on a sleep timer to save energy when you’re no longer awake.
Close the damper on your fireplace when you’re not burning a fire.
Use a rake instead of a leaf blower to tidy up your yard.
Take reusable cloth bags with you to the grocery store to carry your groceries home in.
Use less paper by printing and copying on both sides.
Keep the oven door closed while cooking your meals. Each time you open the oven door, it drops the temperature 25 degrees, requiring more energy to cook your meal.
Keep your freezer stocked (with food or even frozen bottles of water). Freezers work more efficiently when they’re full than empty.
Get a ‘water butt’ or bucket to collect rain water which you can later use to water your plants.
Make an effort to run all your errands at once, eliminating trips back and forth from your home.
Before you open the refrigerator or freezer door, decide what you want to eat so you’re not letting cold air escape.
Look into online banking and bill paying which could help lower your carbon footprint and save money on stamps.
Remove your AC window unit at the end of each season to prevent heating loss during the winter months.
When purchasing holiday lights, look for LED lights because they use less energy than traditional light strings.
When you purchase your next computer, consider a laptop over a desktop as laptops use less energy.
When it’s warm outside, grill out. Cooking outside keeps the heat outside and the cool air inside.
Keep your range burners clean (and the reflectors) as clean burners utilize energy more efficiently.
It takes less energy to reheat meals than when cooking them for the first time. Try cooking larger meals and reheating the leftovers.
Consider placing solar film on your home windows. This can help keep the hot sun out.
When boiling water, make sure to place the lid on the pot.