Individuals in the market for new appliances are often guided to purchase Energy Star rated units, but if you are not in the market for new appliances, or you don’t have the money to run out and buy something new, review these simple energy saving tips. By using your home appliances efficiently, you can lower your electricity usage without adding more work for yourself or others.
Oven and Stove
• Consider using a microwave instead of a conventional oven whenever possible.
• Cook several dishes simultaneously in the oven.
• While cooking, avoid “peeking” by opening the oven door. Each “peek” can lower the oven temperature.
• Use the smallest burner necessary to do the job. Match your pan size to the burner size. For example, a 6″ pan on an 8″ burner can waste over 40% of the heat produced by the burner.
Refrigerators & Freezers
• Make sure your refrigerator and freezer are not running too cold. The temperature in your refrigerator should be at 35-38 degrees Fahrenheit, and the freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Open refrigerator/freezer doors only when necessary.
• Make sure the seals on your refrigerator, freezer and oven doors fit tightly. Easily perform this test by leaving a lit flashlight inside a closed appliance and if you see light around the gasket, replace the gasket.
• Keep refrigerator coils (on the back or the bottom of the appliance) clean.
Clothes Washers & Dryers
• Use lower temperature settings on your washing machine, preferably the cold water cycle, and only use cold for rinses. The temperature of the rinse water does not affect cleaning.
• Load the washing machine to capacity. Washing one large load will take less energy than washing two loads on a low or medium setting. When you don’t have a full load, match the water level to the size of the load.
• Dry full loads when possible, but be careful not to overfill the dryer, because air needs to circulate around the clothes.
• Don’t over-dry clothes that you are going to iron. Take clothes out of the dryer while they are still slightly damp to reduce the need for ironing—another big energy user.
• If you have room, you can also hang your clothes out to dry.
• Clean the dryer filter after each use. A clogged filter will restrict airflow and reduce dryer performance.
• Operate your dishwasher at full capacity. And if the manufacturer’s instructions permit, open the door of the dishwasher at the end of the last rinse cycle, rather than using the drying cycle.
• Set your water heater thermostat at the lowest temperature that provides you with sufficient hot water. If you use a lot of hot water, you may need to set the temperature higher to provide enough hot water for your needs.
• Wrap your water heater with a water heater blanket, especially if it’s in an unheated area of your home.
If you are in the market for new appliances, read more about Energy Star products by visiting www.energystar.gov/.
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