We love our home appliances and electronics. They make our lives so much easier. But they also consume a large portion of our energy bill. You can reduce energy usage, improve efficiency and save money by making just a few simple energy-focused changes.
- Upgrade to ENERGY STAR® Appliances: ENERGY STAR qualified appliances use considerably less energy than conventional models. For example, refrigerators use at least 20% less energy; dishwashers use at least 41% less energy and up to one-third less water; and clothes washers use at least 40% less energy and are water efficient.
- Set the Refrigerator for Optimum Performance: You can save energy by simply setting the refrigerator between 34º F and 38º F, and the freezer between 0º F and 5º F.
- Tune Up Your Refrigerator: Check to make sure the air vents and condenser coils are clean and the seals around the door are airtight. You may also want to periodically defrost the refrigerator to improve performance.
- Wash Clothes in Cold Water: Use cold water for your regular loads since about 90% of a washing machine’s energy usage comes from heating water.
- Wash Only Full Loads: Avoid washing small loads of clothes and dishes. Small loads use the same amount of energy as large loads.
- Remove as Much Moisture from Clothes as Possible: Make sure you use a high speed or extended spin option in your washer to remove extra moisture from clothing. Your dryer will work more effectively with less moisture.
- Dry Clothes with a Moisture Sensor: A moisture sensor turns off the dryer automatically when clothes are dry, saving energy and wear and tear. Also, clean the lint trap before each load.
- Avoid the “Special” Dishwasher Options: Many dishwashers have unnecessary features like sanitary, cycle heat-dry and rinse-hold. Instead, use the energy-saver mode and air-dry feature.
- Unplug Unused Equipment: Home electronics, like televisions, use electricity even when they’re not turned on. Unplug electronics when not being used.