If you're ready to make a long-term investment, Simran suggests upgrading to Energy Star kitchen appliances. "We end up spending anywhere from $1,300 upward on our appliances in our house," she says. "You can save $800 a year on energy costs if you actually got efficient appliances."
Can't afford to replace your appliances? There are other ways to save water and energy. "When it comes to the dishwasher, don't use it to dry the dishes. Use it to wash the dishes," Simran says. "You don't need to prerinse anymore. They're really efficient now. That will save you $20 of water per cycle [per year]." Using cloth dishtowels.