6 Ways to Save on Home Appliances
Home Appliances: 6 Ways to Save
In recent years, homeowners have grown accustomed to the convenience of dishwashers, microwaves and other devices, increasing energy use for appliances. While many newer models are designed to be energy efficient, why not take measures that will help you save even more?
- Run a full load.
Wash clothes and dishes with a full load only; partial loads waste energy and water. Load your dishwasher according to the manufacturer's instructions. Fill the racks completely to maximize water and energy use but allow for adequate water circulation to ensure clean dishes.
- Stay cool and fresh.
Set refrigerator and freezer thermostats at the recommended temperature settings — 37°F to 40°F for the refrigerator and 5°F for the freezer. It will help optimize energy savings, while keeping foods fresh.
- Stock the fridge.
A fully-stocked unit uses less energy because there is less air to cool. Avoid overfilling; too many items packed together closely will reduce air circulation.
- Keep your dryer dry.
Clean the lint filter after each dryer load; this will increase air circulation and improve dryer efficiency. Inspect your dryer vent periodically to ensure that it's not blocked.
- Air your clean laundry.
When doing laundry, why not air dry your clothes? It will reduce energy costs and it may help to keep clothes looking new.
- Get cooking efficiently.
Use your microwave or toaster oven, rather than the stove top or oven. These smaller appliances often heat food more quickly, while using less energy. If you do use the stove top, match the pan size to the burner size and cover pots and pans.