Dryers use a lot of energy, but the air does the job just as well. Make the right eco-move by picking up an inexpensive drying rack. Bonus: Your clothes and bedding will smell super-fresh.
Use Fans Instead of AC
Everyone knows the energy bills jump in the summer due to AC use. Fans are breezy and beneficial, since they’re much better for the environment and your wallet than air-conditioning. Ceiling fans are the most energy-efficient (and budget-friendly) option, but any fan is better than the AC.
Spend a Night by Candlelight
Natural light is romantic, atmospheric, creative and environmentally conscious. Families can pick a TV and computer-free evening and go old-school with board games and charades -- all lit by candlelight.
Take Shorter Showers
When it’s sweltering outside, a quick cleanup may be necessary. But since hot-water heating is one of the major energy zappers in most households, try taking a bath or a speedy shower instead of a long one.
Get Solar Screens
Adding solar screens to your windows is a bigger step -- but an effective one: They can cut 75 percent of heat coming through windows, without impacting visibility. This means that your home will stay cool, even when the sun is beating down outside, reducing the need for air conditioners or fans.