A few months ago, I did a series of posts regarding this book. My husband just finished reading through it, and his increased awareness has helped spur us both to find more ways to be good stewards environmentally.
Reading the book opened our eyes to how much energy it takes to keep our appliances running, and we are trying to take small steps to decrease this usage. The biggest thing we've done is to disable the ice maker on our new refrigerator. Did you know that little convenience uses considerably more energy than its "basic" counterpart?
According to Sleeth, "the auto ice-maker uses additional energy in two ways. The obvious one is the motor that can be heard (and in some cases grinding) ice from the storage bin through a door. The less obvious user of energy is the heating element that must stay on at all times under the ice-cube-forming tray. This allows the ice to 'slide' out of the ice-making area into a storage bin. The effect of the heating element is similar to leaving a lightbulb on in the freezer. To 'upgrade' your current refrigerator to a more efficient one, disconnect the electrical supply plug to the ice-maker unit and use old-fashioned ice cube trays."
My husband cut a small piece of plywood and set it in the icemaker so we can set two "old-fashioned" cube trays on it. Disabling the ice-maker and thereby saving energy works for me!