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  • Look for the ENERGY STAR label when shopping for a variety of electronics and appliances, such as dehumidifiers, ceiling fans, compact fluorescent lamps, DVD player/recorder, cordless phones, or home stereo system equipment.
  • The average home uses 24 electronic products, accounting for up to 15 percent of household electricity use. Turn off these products when they’re not in use. Or, use a power strip as a central “turn off” point when you are finish using equipment.  This will help eliminate the standby power consumption used by many electronics even when they are turned off.
  • Don’t leave your electric coffee pot on “simmer” to keep coffee warm for an extended period of time.
  • To cook small amounts of food, use an electric frying pan or toaster oven – even better – use a microwave. They’re faster than using an oven and use less energy.
  • Since an iron heats faster than it cools, iron fabrics that require lower temperatures first; then work up to fabrics that require a hotter setting.
  • When buying small appliances, read labels carefully to compare energy use information and operating costs of similar models.
  • Keep kitchen appliances in good working order so they last longer, work more efficiently and use less energy.
  • Buy electric power tools with the lowest horsepower or amps adequate for the work you want to do.
  • Keep electrical tools in top operating condition. Lubricate them properly and clean them after use. Keep cutting edges sharp on bits or saws, so they operate more quickly and therefore use less power
  • If you own a waterbed, make the bed up everyday to keep it covered and reduce heating costs. By purchasing an insulated mattress pad, you can eliminate the need for a heater.