Boil water using an electric kettle with an automatic off-switch, instead of a using a stovetop kettle.
Boil only as much water as you need. For example, don’t fill the kettle up if you are only making one cup of tea.
A good way to remember to turn off and unplug small appliances is to remove from the countertop after use. For example, keep your toaster or coffee maker in a cupboard, instead of ‘plugged-in’ on the counter.
Try to sweep floors with a broom instead of using a vacuum cleaner.
Don’t use your hair dryer, straightening iron or curling iron on the highest setting. Try to let your hair ‘air dry’ when possible.
For appliances that need to heat up – such as hot rollers or a clothes iron -- do not plug the devices in too early before use &then leave the room to do something else. Small appliances will heat up quickly.
Finish all your clothes ironing at one time.
When buying small appliances such as a coffee maker, look for the ENERGY STAR ® label. ENERGY STAR ® approved appliances can use up to 50 per cent less energy then older models.