Appliances are accountable for approximately 23% of an average household’s energy usage. To reduce the energy usage of your appliances:
Buy energy star appliances such as washing machines, dish washers, ovens, fridges etc. The more stars the more efficient.
Wait till a full load is to be put on before using appliances such as washing machines and dish washers.
Use the clothes line to dry clothes whenever possible. Avoid using the drier when possible.
Remove phantom loads, or standby power use by appliances. Things like televisions, computers, stereos, microwaves and fax machines all use energy when they are not operating, you can remove this drain on your power by simply switching them off at the wall. The Australian Greenhouse Office says you can save 10% on your power consumption by this alone!