|LEDs use up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent lightbulbs and are more durable and longer lasting.|
|You'll use up to 80% less energy by microwaving smaller servings. You can also use the toaster oven.|
|Set your freezer to 0°F. If the temperature of your refrigerator is 10 degrees colder than necessary, it can use 25% more energy.|
|Baking lots of cookies or a couple pies at one time saves energy. If you've got an oven window, take advantage of it! Opening the oven door wastes energy and lowers the temperature as much as 25°F.|
|To save energy and water, don't run the dishwasher until you have a full load. Be sure to scrape, not rinse, your dishes before loading them.|
|Faucet leaks waste gallons of water. Hot water leaking at a rate of one drip per second can waste up to 1,660 gallons of water over a year — and waste up to $35 in electricity or natural gas.|
|Covered pots and pans cook more efficiently and keep the kitchen cooler.|
|A 6-inch pot on an 8-inch burner wastes over 40% of the burner's heat. Using the right-sized pot on stove burners can save about $36 annually for an electric range or $18 for gas.|
If your appliances are old or need replaced, opt for energy-efficient models. Look for ENERGY STAR®-certified appliances.
Now that the cooking is done and another great dinner is in the books, it's time to talk leftovers. Check out these quick tips on how to store and serve up those extra holiday helpings.