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Turn off the lights when not in use. dust lighting fixtures to maintain illumination. Use task lighting; instead of brightly lighting an entire room, focus the light where you need it. Compact fluorescent bulbs are four times more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and provide the same lighting.

Electric iron

Select iron boxes with automatic temperature cutoff. Use appropriate regulator position for ironing. 

Microwave ovens

Use your microwave oven whenever possible. It draws less than half the power of its conventional oven  counterpart and cooks for a much shorter amount of time.

Electric ovens

Unless you're baking breads or pastries, you may not even need to preheat. Don't open the oven door too often to check food condition as each opening leads to a temperature drop of 25°C.

Electric stove

Turn off electric stoves several minutes before the specified cooking time. Use flat -bottomed pans that make full contact with the cooking coil.

Electronic Devices

Do not switch on the power when TV and Audio Systems are not in use i.e. idle operation leads to an energy loss of 10 watts/device.


Turn off your home office equipment when not in use. A computer that runs 24 hours a day, for instance, uses more power than an energy - efficient refrigerator
If your computer must be left on, turn off the monitor; this device alone uses more than half the system's energy. Setting computers, monitors, and copiers to use sleep - mode when not in use helps cut energy costs by approximately 40%. Battery chargers, such as those for laptops, cell phones and digital cameras, draw power whenever they are plugged in and are very inefficient. Pull the plug and save.

Screen savers save computer screens, not energy. Start - ups and shutdowns do not use any extra energy, n or are they hard on your computer components. In fact, shutting computers down when you are finished using them actually reduces system wear – and saves energy.


If your refrigerator was made before 1993 it uses twice as much energy as an Energy Star Model. Regularly defrost manual - defrost refrigerators and freezers; frost buildup increases the amount of energy needed to keep the motor running. Leave enough space between your refrigerator and the walls so that air can easily circulate around the refrigerator. Don't keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight

Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.

Do not open the doors of the refrigerators frequently. Don't leave the fridge door open for longer than necessary, as cold air will escape.

Use smaller cabinets for storing frequently used items. Avoid putting hot or warm food directly into the fridge.

Washing machines

Always wash only with full loads. Use optimal quantity of water. Use timer facility to save energy. Use the correct amount of detergent.

Use hot water only for very soiled clothes. Prefer natural drying over electric dryers.


Air Conditioners

Prefer air conditioners having automatic temperature cut off. Keep regulators at “low cool” position. Operate the ceiling fan in conjunction with your air conditioner to spread the cooled air more effectively throughout the room and operate the air conditioner at higher temperature. Seal the doors and windows properly.

Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The less difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower the energy consumption will be. Don't set your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling. Don't place lamps or TV sets near your air - conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary. Plant trees or shrubs to shade air - conditioning units but not to block the airflow. A unit operating in the shade uses as much as 10% less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.


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