by Ivy Long
1. Turn your refrigerator down. Refrigerators account for about 20% of your household electricity use.
2. Set your washing machine to the warm or cold setting not the hot. Switching from hot to warm can save about 500 pounds of CO2 per year.
3. Make sure your dishwasher is full when you run it and use the energy saving button if you have it.
4. Use less hot water by installing low-flow shower heads which cost $10 to $20 each. They save about 300 pounds of CO2 per year.
5. Wrap your water heater in an insulating jacket to save about 1100 pounds of CO2 per year.