When cooking on the stove top, make sure your pan or pot match the size of the burner. Using a small pan on a large burner wastes energy
Cooking a casserole or a batch of brownies? Use a glass pan. Since glass retains heat, you can set your oven 25 degrees lower, which saves energy.
Clean Your Oven!
This may not be top on your to-do list, but cleaning your oven helps your food cook more efficiently, which will save energy, time and money.
Fill Up Your Fridge
A less-than-full fridge has to work harder to stay cold than one that's completely stocked. If some shelves are bare, stash some water bottles or rolled up newspaper on them to help maintain efficiency.
Take the Temperature
Keeping your fridge and freezer colder than necessary can increase your energy consumption and your bills. Your fridge should be set between 37°F and 40°F, the freezer between 0° and 5°F.
Chose Cloth Products
The average American uses six trees worth of paper each week! To save some tress (and money) use cloth products when you can. Use T-shirts to clean up spills around the house, and toss them in the wash when you’re done!
Reduce water consumption by 30 percent! Simply switch out your showerhead for a low-flow version ($17 at ConservationWareHouse.com) and install a low-flow faucet aerator ($14 at ConservationWareHouse.com)
Unless your clothes are super soiled (think diving into the mud dirty), you can wash your clothes with warm or even cold water. This will reduce the use of hot water and energy!
Clear out the Lint
This little, and often forgotten trick, can make a big difference! Clean the lint filter before each laundry load to unlock the airflow, which makes items dry more efficiently and quicker. It will also lengthen the life of your dryer, so you won’t have to spend hundreds to replace it!
Chose a Smart Cord
Even when you turn off the TV at night, it’s still using electricity. So instead of plugging it into a wall outlet, opt for a smart power cord outlet ($40 at OfficeMax.com). The outlet senses when the TV is off, and then turns off on it’s own.
Hit the Lights
Unless you live in an underground dungeon (and we hope you don’t), your lights don’t need t be super bright. By installing a dimmer, you use less energy, which cuts electricity cost by 4 to 9 percent, depending on how dim you go.
Let the Sun Shine
Feeling a little chilly? Before you turn up the temperature, try pulling back the curtains. The sun’s natural light either warms you up enough that you won’t need the heat, or can keep you from turning it up too much.
Seal it Up
Before the winter winds hit, go through the house and seal up any cracks with caulk or weather-stripping. This will keep your house warm and save you some serious money.