Appliance & Electronic Energy Saving Tips

Home appliances and electronics contribute a considerable portion to your energy usage. By making a few energy-focused changes, you can reduce energy usage and save money.

Upgrade with ENERGY STAR Appliances

ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators use at least 20% less energy; dishwashers use at least 41% less energy and up to one-third less water; and clothes washers are at least 40% more energy and water efficient than conventional models.

Tune Up the Refrigerator

Ensure the air vents and condenser coils are clean and the door seals are airtight. If necessary, periodically defrost the refrigerator to improve performance.

Set the Refrigerator for Optimum Performance

Save energy by setting the freezer between 0 F and 5 F and the refrigerator between 34 F and 38 F.

Avoid the Special Dishwasher Options

Avoid the often unnecessary features like sanitary, cycle heat-dry and rinse-hold. Save energy with the energy-saver mode and air-dry feature.

Wash Only Full Loads

Save energy by avoiding small loads of dishes and clothes, since a small load will use the same amount of energy as a large load.

Wash Clothes in Cold Water

About 90% of a washing machines energy usage is from heating water. Use cold water for regular loads and only use hot water for oily stains.

Remove the Moisture from Clothes

Use a high spin speed or extended spin option to remove extra moisture from clothing the less moisture, the more effective your dryer.

Dry Clothes with the Moisture Sensor

A moisture sensor automatically turns the dryer off when the clothes are dry, saving energy and minimizing wear and tear. Be sure to clean the lint trap before every load.

Power-Off Unused Equipment

Home electronics, like big screen televisions and DVD players, use electricity even when powered off. Plug electronics into a power strip and turn them off when not being used.

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