Energy Saving Tips
- Use your microwave oven as much as possible in the summer rather than your regular oven. You'll stay cooler and save energy.
- When buying appliances, compare yellow EnergyGuide labels, not just prices, to make sure you buy an energy efficient unit.
- The size of your pan should match the size of your burner for the highest efficiency.
- To save even more energy, defer use until off-peak hours, after 6:30 pm and before 9:30 am.
- Put full loads in the dishwasher and use the "energy saving" setting for the drying cycle, or let dishes air dry to reduce energy use.
- Do your laundry during off-peak hours, after 6:30 p.m. and before 9:30 a.m., and hang your clothes outdoors in the summer.
- When doing your laundry, use a cold water wash on full loads.
- Clean the lint trap regularly to keep it running more efficiently and make sure the exhaust isn’t blocked.
- Horizontal-axis clothes washers (front loaders) are far more gentle and effective on your clothes, and are much more energy efficient when compared to traditional clothes washers.
- Defrost your refrigerator regularly so it can operate more efficiently, and do so only on weekends to avoid peak load.
- Vacuum and clean the condenser coils, motor and evaporator pan of your refrigerator once or twice a year, and leave space between your refrigerator and the surrounding walls and cabinets to allow air to circulate around the coils.
- Keep your refrigerator away from the stove and heat registers. By being next to those items, you’re making your refrigerator work twice as hard and decreasing its overall efficiency.
- Test your refrigerator and freezer by placing a thermometer inside for an hour. The reading should be as follows: Refrigerator 36-38%, Freezers 10-15%.
- Select a refrigerator/freezer with energy-saving features. It will use 20% less electricity than the standard model, saving you approximately $60 a year.
- Avoid purchasing used refrigerators, as an older refrigerator often uses more than three times the energy of today’s models.
- Make sure the seals on your refrigerator, freezer and oven doors fit tightly.