DIY Projects

Project File #1
Do It Yourself
Pretty Soon
Energy/dollar savings over life of appliances

Reduce your home’s energy consumption by switching to more efficient appliances.

Household appliances like washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, televisions, computers, laptops, and pool pumps account for a lot of your monthly energy use. But switching over to more efficient models can help you save.

Project Overview

Tools and Materials:

  • Smart power strip


  • Gloves
  • Kneepads
  • When moving heavy appliances, exercise caution
  1. Conduct an assessment of the appliances currently in your home. The older the appliance, the less likely it is to be energy efficient. Pay special attention to whether you see the ENERGY STAR™ label. If you don’t, it’s a good bet that more efficient models are available.
  2. Once you’ve determined which appliances you need to upgrade, it’s time to go shopping. Seek out appliances with the ENERGY STAR label, and refer to the Energy Guide for specific information regarding average annual energy consumption and costs.
  3. Learn more about the ways that smart appliance usage—including plugging appliances into a smart power strip—can help you save even more by managing your appliance’s energy use.

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