- Use the ENERGY STAR program to find energy efficient
products for your home. The right choices can save families
about 30% ($700 a year) while reducing our emissions of
greenhouse gases. Whether you are looking to replace old
appliances, remodel, or buy a new house, ENERGY STAR can help.
ENERGY STAR is the government backed symbol for energy
efficiency. The ENERGY STAR label makes it easy to know which
products to buy without sacrificing features, style or comfort
that today's consumers expect.
- Turn off appliances and lights when you leave the room.
- Use the microwave to cook small meals. (It uses less power
than an oven.)
- Purchase "Green Power" for your home's electricity. (Contact
your power supplier to see where and if it is available.)
- Have leaky air conditioning and refrigeration systems
- Use a programmable thermostat to save on heating and cooling
costs when you're not home.
- Insulate your home, water heater and pipes.
Use less water
- Look for the WaterSense label to identify water-efficient
products and programs. The WaterSense label indicates that these
products and programs meet water-efficiency and performance
criteria. WaterSense labeled products will perform well, help
save money, and encourage innovation in manufacturing.
- Don't let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
- Take short showers instead of tub baths.
- Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting
the faucet run until the water is cool.
- Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the
dishwasher; wash only full loads.
- Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water
level or load size selection on the washing machine.
- Buy high-efficient plumbing fixtures & appliances.
- Repair all leaks (a leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons a
- Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day
(early morning is best).
- Water plants differently according to what they need. Check
with your local extension service or nurseries for advice.
- Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only – not the
street or sidewalk.
- Use soaker hoses or trickle irrigation systems for trees and
- Keep your yard healthy - dethatch, use mulch, etc.
- Sweep outside instead of using a hose.
Practice the three R's: first reduce how much you use, then reuse
what you can, and then recycle the rest. Then, dispose of what's
left in the most environmentally friendly way.
- Buy permanent items instead of disposables.
- Buy and use only what you need.
- Buy products with less packaging.
- Buy products that use less toxic chemicals.
- Repair items as much as possible.
- Use durable coffee mugs.
- Use cloth napkins or towels.
- Clean out juice bottles and use them for water.
- Use empty jars to hold leftover food.
- Reuse boxes.
- Purchase refillable pens and pencils.
- Donate extras to people you know or to charity instead
of throwing them away.
- Reuse grocery bags as trash bags.
- Recycle paper (printer paper, newspapers, mail, etc.),
plastic, glass bottles, cardboard, and aluminum cans. If
your community doesn't collect at the curb, take them to a
- Compost food scraps, grass and other yard clippings, and