The high energy usage appliances in our homes included refridgerators, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers and microwave ovens. All these appliances have efficient models that have rebates, making their purchase more attractive. As for lighting, CFL light bulbs and LED lights can be used to lower our energy usage. Although CFLs are cheaper, LED lights last over 20 years. Around our homes, we have vampires, appliances that suck energy even when they are turned off. These include TV’s, surround sound systems, microwave ovens and computers. A simple power strip can be used to turn off the power to these appliances. With all these ideas and techniques, our Zero Impact Home lowered its power usage by 60%.