Use smallest possible appliances for cooking
iStockA microwave takes 15 minutes to do the same job as an hour in a conventional electric oven. Use a microwave instead of your oven four times a week and save $13 a year. Other alternatives to using the range include a crock pot, toaster oven and rice cooker.
Use your oven’s convection setting
iStockConvection ovens continuously circulate the air, reducing the temperature required as well as the cooking time. The convection setting will use about 20% less energy than regular baking.
Unplug small appliances when not in use
iStockStandby power can account for 10% of an average household's annual electricity use. Unplug unused appliances (coffee maker, toaster, rice cooker) and electronics for savings of around $50 a year.
Run the dishwasher only when full
iStockSince your dishwasher uses the same amount of energy and water regardless of what’s in it, make sure it’s full. By doing this, you cut the number of wash cycles over the course of a week.
Turn off heat-dry setting
iStockYour dishwasher’s heat-dry setting uses a lot of power that isn’t usually necessary; you can leave dishes longer to drip dry or use a towel. De-select the heated dry cycle and, based on one load of dishes a day, you’ll save up to $27 a year.