Use ENERGY STAR Appliances.
The US Department of Energy tests the efficiency of household appliances and electronics. The most efficient appliances and electronics are awarded the ENERGY STAR label. Families using ENERGY STAR appliances in 2010 saved an average of $150.
Put your monitor to sleep.
Most people do not realize how much energy computers and monitors actually use. Putting your monitor to sleep or in the hibernate mode when not in use can save an average of $60 per year, according to our friends at Grid Smart Ohio.
Check your dryer vent.
Whether you are using a gas or electric dryer, chances are your vent is at least partially restricted, especially if you have never cleaned it. A dryer vent restriction is not only a safety hazard because of the potential for a fire, it is one of the biggest wastes of energy in your home.
If over time your dryer is starting to take longer to dry clothes, the possibility exists that the vent is restricted. Wasting energy and the potential for a dryer fire are the most important issues with dryer vents. However, consider the fact that a restricted dryer vent or even a partially restricted vent causes the dryer to operate much longer than necessary. Unnecessary operation of the dryer puts excessive wear and tear on the mechanical components within the dryer causing premature failure and a costly repair bill.