Appliances account for about 20% of your household's energy consumption.
Full refrigerators and freezers work more efficiently. Visit your favorite supermarket website
to view their weekly sales flyer. Buy foods such as meat, milk, butter, cheese, frozen vegetables and fruits, bread
any type of food that will freeze well. Buying on sale and in bulk keeps food costs down, saves on multiple trips to
the store and helps reduce the amount of energy needed to keep a sparse refrigerator cold. Buying in bulk can also help
make weekly meal planning easier by already having what you'll need stocked in the freezer or frige. Though remember to not
block the air flow vents in the freezer.
Purchase applicances displaying the bright yellow and black Energy Star label.
Energy Star products usually exceed minimum federal standards by a substantial amount. Americans with the help of Energy
Star saved enough energy in 2007 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent of those from 27 million cars all while
saving $16 billion on their utility bills.
Whenever possible turn off the lights when the air conditioning is on. It's always
good to turn off unused lights to save energy and money. But during the warmer weather months appliances, lights, tools,
and electronic devices all generates heat and makes your air conditioning work harder.
Don't let electrical outlet sockets become loose. Wires inside the socket can loosen
and fray causing heat buildup on the wires which can result in electrical shock and fire hazard.