The kitchen is the heart of the home and can be the heart of your energy savings. Lighting accounts for 5% of a home’s electricity usage, refrigeration 3%, cooking 1% and dishwashers 1%.

No-cost EE tips

  1. Adjust the refrigerator thermostat to the right temperature – do not over cool/freeze.
  2. Use lids on pots and pans to boil or cook faster.
  3. Do not open the oven door unnecessarily.
  4. Use the microwave instead of the oven or stove whenever possible
  5. Keep the refrigerator coils clean.
  6. Use your dishwasher with a full load and not overloaded.

Low-cost EE tips

  1. Replace your old refrigerator. A 10 year old refrigerator could be costing you $110 per year to run. When shopping for a new refrigerator, be sure to buy one rated by Energy Star, which could use less energy than a 60-watt light bulb

See for a listing of the most efficient models.