Most major appliances are essential to modern homes, but they tend to require a great deal of energy to run. This can swiftly increase your electricity bill, not to mention the negative impact extra energy use can have on the environment. Some of this energy cost is unavoidable, but there are simple things you can do to decrease it. Keep reading to learn some basic tips to reduce your energy costs from your main appliances!
This is usually the biggest culprit of energy use in the home. Adjust the temperature settings so that the fridge and the freezer are in a reasonable zone and not too cold. The fridge range should be about 37° to 40°F and the freezer range should be 0° to 5°F.
Allow hot foods to cool completely before placing them in the refrigerator, as hot food will raise the inner temperature of the unit and make it work harder. Also be sure to cover liquids, as excessive moisture also puts added strain on the cooling system.
Keep the fridge full, but not over stuffed. A full unit holds in the cold better and requires less energy. However, an overly full unit can mess up the air flow.
Minimize the amount of times the refrigerator door is opened throughout the day. Only open it when you know what you need, and never leave it open for longer than necessary.
Washer & Dryer:
When washing your clothes, run larger loads instead of several smaller loads. Many of these appliances use a similar amount of energy whether the loads are very small or large, so you should get the most out of each wash cycle.
Use the cold water option whenever possible (Of course, things that say they should be washed in hot water should still be washed in hot water for cleanliness purposes). A lot of energy use comes from using hot water.
Sort your laundry before putting it through a cleaning cycle. Similar fabric materials will wash and dry at a similar rate, as opposed to having things come out of a load not fully clean or dry and having to re-run them.
Keep the dryer’s outdoor exhaust clean, and be sure to clean the lint trap after every load. A clogged filter or lint trap drastically decreases the dryer’s efficiency and power. Consider drying your clothes on a clothesline whenever possible.
Be sure to use the proper sized pots and pans for the burners on your stove, and use tight fitting lids. The right size pans will absorb more energy and therefore require less extra heat, and the proper lids help to store even more heat.
If you’re just reheating food, opt for using the microwave instead. Microwaves are actually anywhere from 33-66% more efficient than ovens, depending on your specific units. Microwaves are fast and use far less energy!
Avoid peeking into the oven. Every time the door is opened, even for a few seconds, the internal temperature drastically decreases and the oven has to work harder to regain that temperature. When preheating the oven, try to do it right before you need it, and then be sure to turn the oven off as soon as the food is done. Leaving the oven or stove on for any unnecessary time is a waste.
As with any appliance, make sure the oven and stove top are free of build-up and well maintained. A clean appliance is always more efficient!
There is so much you can do for free to keep your energy use reasonable, so give these tips a try! Even with just a few simple steps, you can save a surprising amount on your next electricity bill.
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