Stop living in the dark ages. Between dimmable compact fluorescents and affordable LEDs, lightbulbs have come a long way, my friend, and I see you over there, hoarding those incandescent bulbs. Quit dragging your heels. Buy the lightbulbs you wish to see in the world.
Let your laundry chill. Most loads do just fine washed in cold water. In fact, many do better, since cold water doesn’t set stains and is gentler on colored dyes. And yes, you guessed it: A cold water wash uses significantly less energy than a hot water one.
Give your dishes some air. Your plates, glasses, and silverware are content to keep doing their jobs even without a daily hour at the sauna that is your dishwasher’s heat dry setting. Do them and your wallet a favor by opening the dishwasher door and letting them air dry overnight.
Stop the leaks. Drafts are leaks that even Julian Assange wouldn’t defend. Whether it’s the seal on your refrigerator door or the gaps around your windows, catch the culprits, and bring them to justice! Or at least fix them, so they stop doing that.
Consult TopTen USA’s lists. It’s a fact of modern life that sooner or later, each of your appliances and electronics will need to be replaced. In 2011, when your refrigerator goes on the fritz, or your ancient dishwasher starts plastering all your plates with broccoli, or you simply can’t stand that boxy old TV another minute, please don’t forget to make energy efficiency a factor in your new purchase. A quick stop on www.TopTenUSA.org will give you all the information you need to make an informed and energy-conscious decision. You’ll lower your bills and your impact on the planet, and that’s a New Year’s resolution we can all be proud of keeping.