Saving Energy with Appliances & Electronics

With energy costs today everyone is looking for ways to save. Electronics, and especially appliances, can consume a lot of energy. Even with appliances and electronics that consume a lot of energy there are still plenty of ways to cut costs, and save on energy bills. Further reducing energy is a great way to help the environment, both by wasting fewer resources, and producing less waste. The following resources show how you can save energy with different types of appliances, and electronics:

General Energy Saving Tips

  • EnergyStar: EnergyStar is an US government initiative to help curb energy consumption, and educate consumers about which products help them save energy.
  • EnergyQuest: EnergyQuest is a Canadian government organization dedicated to helping parents and teachers educate children about the need to save energy. They also provide a lot of information about alternative energy.
  • EnergySavers: EnergySavers is a resource from the US Department of Energy aimed at teaching general ways to save energy, and educate consumers about energy options.
  • Online Power Usage Calculator: The Consumers Power usage calculator, helps consumers identify which appliance are consuming the most energy, and ways to reduce their energy consumption.

Air Conditioners

  • Choosing an Efficient Air Conditioner: This set of tips, from EnergyRating, help consumers looking to purchase a new air condition determine which one is the most efficient, and suited to their needs.
  • Air Conditioner SEER Value: Fact sheet from EESI explains how Air Conditioner SEER values are determined, and why they can help consumers reduce energy consumption.
  • Air Conditioner Operating Tips: Set of tips from the Energy Office of South Carolina, examines many ways consumers can reduce energy onsumed by their air conditioner.



  • Clothes Dryers: Energy conservation standards and testing procedures for clothes dryers.
  • Gas Dryer Fact Sheet: This analysis of gas dryers provides Energy Use tips for consumers who own, or plan to own, gas-drying machines.

Humidifiers & Dehumidifiers

  • Energy Savings Tips: Tips for saving energy when using humidifiers and dehumidifiers from the Town of Middleton, Massachusetts.
  • Ways to Save: Vermont government publication examines ways to save on the cost of operating dehumidifiers.



  • Solar Ovens: A guide to making an energy-saving solar-powered oven.

Printers & Computers

  • Computer Energy Usage Facts: A comparison of how much energy different computers and accessories consume power during different modes of operation.
  • Energy Saving Computer Equipment: This guide details how to save energy when operating existing computer equipment and also how to look for efficient equipment when purchasing new computers and accessories.

Refrigerator & Freezers

  • Refrigerators & Freezers: Energy-saving practices for use when operating or purchasing refrigerators or freezers, from the Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Small Appliances & Electronics

  • Appliance Choices: This guide shows ways to choose energy-efficient small appliances.
  • Efficient Home Electronics: This publication shows ways to choose energy-efficient small appliances, and ways to save while operating home electronics.

Washing Machines

Additional Appliance Parts