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Energy saving tips for appliances

Our appliances are time savers in our lives but are not always energy savers when it comes to your electricity usage and bill. Aging refrigerators, dishwashers and washers and dryers can be huge energy guzzlers. It pays to buy the most energy efficient new models you can afford. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models. 

Washer & Dryer

  1. Use the warm and cold water setting on your washer, which use significantly less energy than hot water. 
  2. Set your dryer to use low heat and remove the lint in the dryer filter after every run to improve efficiency. 
  3. Only run full loads in the washer & dryer as they use the same amount of energy regardless of the size of the load. 

Dishwasher

  1. Set your dishwasher to use a cool air dry, or skip the drying cycle altogether and air dry your dishes. 
  2. Run a full load in the dishwasher, the same amount of energy is used whether full or empty! 

Refrigeration & Freezers

  1. Keep your refrigerator temperature setting at 37 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer 3 degrees Fahrenheit, the most energy efficient temperatures.
  2. Don't allow frost to build up in your freezer. Frost build-up reduces the efficiency of your freezer.
  3. Refrigerators and freezers actually operate most efficiently when full, so keep your refrigerator and freezer as full as possible.

"Phantom" Energy Load

All of our electronic appliances and devices continue to draw a small amount of power even when they're in off or standby mode. These electricity leaks are called "phantom loads". While individually the amount of energy is small, added together the extra energy they expense they cause is very real.

Home electronics and appliances account for about 20% of your energy bill. Turn off electronics and unplug battery chargers when not in use. To reduce your phantom load, consider unplugging:

  • Televisions
  • Stereos
  • Computers
  • Counter-top kitchen appliances
  • Video Game Consoles
  • Hair care appliances

Energy.gov provides full details on energy savings for appliances (and more).

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