Here are some quick and easy tips you can follow to cut down your energy bills and save the environment:
Refrigerator / Freezer Energy Saving Tips
- Store your appliance in a cool area, away from sunlight and other heat sources.
- Prevent frost from building up. There should never be over ¼” of frost. You should defrost regularly with manual models.
- Try to only open the door when needed to keep in the cold air. If the air keeps leaking out, the unit has to work harder to create more cool air.
- Keep the motor, coils, and entire refrigerator clean by dusting, vacuuming and wiping down.
- With increased moisture, the compressor uses more energy and effort. To keep moisture levels down, cover and contain all foods and cool down any steamy, hot foods.
- Maintain the temperature of the refrigerator from 36˚F-42˚F to keep the unit from freezing (5˚F-6˚F in the freezer).
- The gasket and seals on the doors should keep the fridge air tight. To check that it is sealed properly, stick a dollar bill against the ledge. Shut the door and try to move the bill. If it is loose and easily moves, then you need to replace the seal.
- If your fridge is too empty, it takes more energy to keep the unit cool. Keeping it somewhat stocked can help trap in cool air. Food or even pitchers of cool water will do the trick.
- Replace your unit if it is exceeding a decade’s age. Newer models are very efficient at conserving energy.
Dryer Energy Saving Tips
- Do not dry loads that are either too small or too large.
- If you plan on using the dryer for more than one load, run them one after another so that the following cycles can take advantage of the trapped heat from the previous runs.
- Run loads by how similar the fabrics are. Don’t mix heavy and light items that vary in drying time.
- Some machines have a sensor that detects moisture and will shut off the unit when clothes are dry, thus saving both energy and your clothes. Make sure your items are dried properly.
- Empty the lint trap after each cycle to not only increase air flow and power, but also to stop a chance of a fire.
- Hanging your clothes on a line outside is a natural alternative to drying.
- Use cold water. Only use hot water for tough dirt/stains.
- Regardless of load size, the machine uses the same amount of energy, so load it full to get the most of out the energy.
- Set the machine to the correct size of your load in order to have just the right amount of water- no more, and no less.
- Use the most energy efficient and shortest wash cycle that will still get the job done.
- Loading too much detergent will require excessive rinsing, so only use just the right amount.
Oven Energy Saving Tips
- Know what you’re going to be preparing so you can defrost prior to using the oven. This will prevent the need to use the oven to defrost.
- Ceramic/glass wares are efficient because they turn down the temperature but still use the same amount of time to cook food.
- Use the oven for multiple items simultaneously to cut down energy and time.
- Use the top rack for fast cooking and the bottom rack for slow cooking.
- To check on your food items, use the interior light or a timer/clock. Opening the door lets out heat and forces the oven to work harder to maintain the temperature.
- Turn off the oven before the cooking time is up. The left over heat trapped inside will still be able to cook the rest.
- For smaller meals, opt for a microwave or smaller appliance to cook.
- Preheat when you need to, but set it to the lowest time that you can.
- Ensure that the door is sealed tightly to prevent heat from escaping. Replace the seal if it is broken.
- Use a thermometer to guarantee that the unit is accurately creating the right temperatures and producing the correct quantities of heat.
- Clean the oven inside regularly so that the energy isn’t dispersed among spills and food waste.
- You can use the left over heat to aid in cleaning the oven after each use. If your unit has a self-clean option, use it every few months.
Stove / Range Energy Saving Tips
- Plan out what you need to defrost and set it out to thaw instead of using the stove. This will save a lot of unnecessary energy.
- Using appropriately sized pans and pots for your burner will disperse energy evenly and prevent lost heat.
- Covering your food while on the stovetop will trap in heat and reduce energy and time.
- Turn the stove off shortly before food is done cooking and let the leftover heat finish cooking the rest.
- Clean off any crumbs or miscellaneous waste so that the heat will circulate efficiently.
Dishwasher Energy Saving Tips
- As with the washing machine, the dishwasher exerts the same amount of energy regardless of load size. Fill up with as many dishes as it can hold, but do not overload above capacity.
- Instead of using the pre-rinse function, simply rinse and scrape off excess food manually before placing in the washer. If you must pre-rinse, use cold water.
- Wash with the shortest, most energy efficient cycle that will still get the job done.
- Try not to use the heat-dry setting, and just opt for the air-dry option. To save even more energy, just leave the door cracked and let the dishes dry off.
- Use the dishwasher in the mornings or nights when it is cooler.
- Maintain the filter and regularly clear it out.