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Kitchen & Laundry Appliance Energy Saving Tips

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Home appliances and electronics consume a considerable portion of your energy bill. 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 0º F and 5º F and the refrigerator between 34º F and 38º 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 machine’s 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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