We all know the conventional steps: turning off the lights, shutting off the faucet in between uses and so forth. But most people don't realize that there are many other easy ways to cut the excess and maximize savings. For example, did you know that simple appliances like DVD players, stereo equipment, and printers that are generally left on throughout the day can silently account for as much as 20 percent of a residence's power usage? Try switching off and unplugging unused appliances to see a big difference.
Another trick to lowering your energy consumption can be found hanging from your ceiling. Not only is a ceiling fan a greener way to cool a room, it also can help circulate warm air that tends to rise during the winter. It's a simple and great way to help your heating system go further.
Dryers are high on the list of notoriously inefficient appliances. If you have the space, and if it is permitted, try line-drying your clothes for a greener change that will lighten the load on your wallet and the environment. Line drying can work in the bathroom, too.
When people take steps to go green, and those steps become routine, everyone wins.