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  • Most appliances continue to draw small amounts of power even when they are turned off. This "phantom" energy occurs in almost all appliances that use electricity, such as VCRs, televisions, stereo equipment, computers, kitchen appliances and telephones with answering machines. Avoid this "phantom" energy usage by unplugging the appliance when it is not in use or using a power strip to turn off the appliance(s) when not in use.
  • Screen savers on computer monitors are not energy savers. The best energy-saving strategy is to set the computer to automatically switch to sleep mode or manually turn off the computer and monitor when it is not in use.
  • Make sure the power management settings are activated on your computer(s). ENERGY STAR certified computers and monitors save energy only when the power management settings are activated.
  • Unplug rechargeable battery and cell phone chargers when not in use.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR label when shopping for home appliances and electronics. It's the government's seal of energy efficiency.
  • TVs and DVD players still use energy even when in standby mode. Plug these electronics into power strips and turn them on only when you plan to use them.
  • Air dry your dishes instead of using the dishwasher's drying cycle.
  • Wash clothes in cold or warm water; always rinse in cold water. Line dry clothes on clothes lines or drying racks.
  • Inspect your clothes dryer's vent to ensure it is not blocked. Not only will you save energy, but you may also prevent a fire.
  • Clean the lint filter in your clothes dryer after every load. This improves air circulation.
  • Wash and dry only full loads of clothes. Don't forget to adjust your washer's water level if you wash smaller loads.
  • Use your microwave, outdoor grill or crock pot to prepare dinner instead of the oven or stove to prevent heat build up in your kitchen.