Use smallest possible appliances for cooking

A woman putting a dish into a microwaveiStockA 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

A pie inside an oven in the hands of a womaniStockConvection 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

A plug being inserted into an outlet on a bright green walliStockStandby 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

A hand removing a cup from a fully loaded dishwasheriStockSince 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

A woman operating the controls of a dishwasheriStockYour 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.