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Energy Saving Tips

Posted by: Jacob Hoffmeister 5 years, 6 months ago

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Reducing your household energy consumption is easier than you may think. Here are some ways for you to conserve energy with your appliances, thus saving money and doing your part for the environment:

ENERGY SAVING TIPS FOR REFRIGERATORS AND FREEZERS

  • Cut down the number of times you open the refrigerator. The more you keep opening the fridge, the higher its effort to replace the escaping cold air.
  • Keep your refrigerator cool. Place it away from direct sunlight and other heating appliances.
  • For manual units, defrost regularly. Don’t allow for more than one-quarter inch of frost build-up.
  • Clean your refrigerator. Keep dust off the condenser coils, brush away any foreign particles on the motor, vacuum the whole fridge. A clean unit results to optimum efficiency.
  • Cover all liquids and leftovers stored in your fridge. When you leave foods uncovered, moisture arises, which then prompts the compressor to work harder
  • Hot and steaming foods also make the compressor work double time. Allow your foods to cool down to room temperature before storing in your fridge.
  • A freezing refrigerator is not good. Recommended temperatures are between 36˚F to 42˚F and 5˚F to 6˚F for the freezer section.
  • Check the seals. Your freezer or refrigerator doors should seal tightly. Try this little experiment to test seal strength: Place a dollar bill along the edge and close the fridge. If you can move the bill easily, then your seal is most likely loose and in need of replacement.
  • Keep your fridge moderately full. Food traps cold air, which can then reduce your refrigerator’s cooling efforts. If it’s not within your diet plan to stock on food, pitchers of cool water will also work.
  • Lastly, if your fridge is over a decade old, do consider investing in a new one. Modern refrigerators are now built with energy efficient features that will help in conserving electricity.

ENERGY SAVING TIPS FOR OVENS

  • Plan your meals so you can defrost ahead of time, thus avoiding the use of an oven to thaw your food.
  • Use ceramic pans or glass containers for your oven. These types of bakeware can turn down temperature but cook food just as quickly.
  • Bake two or more dishes at the same time. Not only is it energy efficient for your appliance, it’s a time-saver for you as well.
  • Save energy by familiarizing yourself with the function of each oven rack: (a) Top rack is best for quick and high-temperature cooking, (b) Middle rack is meant for moderate-temperature baking, (c) and the Bottom rack is used for low-temperature and slow-cooking meals.
  • Resist the urge to peek. You should limit the number of times you open the oven door. The more you open that door to check on your food, the harder your oven has to work to maintain the right temperature. It’s better to use a timer, oven light, or a simple clock to determine how much more cooking needs to be done.
  • Switch off the oven early. The residual heat will finish the cooking job using less energy.
  • Use oven substitutes whenever possible. When preparing small- to medium-sized meals, you can use a microwave, a steamer, or a pressure cooker instead. They generate less energy than a full size oven.
  • Use the preheat option only when necessary, and then set its time to just the minimum.
  • Periodically check your oven’s door seal for cracks or gaps. A broken seal will waste your oven’s energy as it tries to retain the proper cooking temperature.
  • Test the temperature accuracy of the oven. Get a thermometer and check if your oven is working properly and really producing the right amount of heat.
  • Keep your unit clean. This way, its energy will be properly focused on heating your current dish, and not on the spilled food from yesterday’s cooking.
  • With a self-cleaning oven, use its cleaning feature every one to three months. It’s also best to clean the unit right after use so you can save electricity by taking advantage of the oven’s retained heat.

ENERGY SAVING TIPS FOR RANGES AND OVENS

  • Similar to the oven, plan accordingly and defrost ahead of time. This way you can avoid defrosting on the stove and save a good amount of energy.
  • Use pots and pans that correctly fit the burner. When your cookware is just the right size, energy is distributed evenly, and less heat is lost into the air.
  • Put a lid on it. Whenever possible, cover your pots and pans while cooking. This will capture the heat and require less energy.
  • Take advantage of residual heat. A few minutes before cooking is done, switch off your stove and let the retained heat take care of the rest.
  • Keep your gas or electric burners clean. If your stovetop is well-kept and free from food crumbs, it’ll reflect heat better and utilize energy more efficiently.

ENERGY SAVING TIPS FOR DRYERS

  • Similar to your washer, it’s better to run full loads than partial ones. Do not overload the dryer though.
  • If there’s a need for multiple loads, work on them consecutively to save energy. When you dry two loads in a row, the second load will be able to capture the residual heat from the first load.
  • Separate by type. Sort your clothes and dry the similar types together. Lightweight fabrics, for example, are better separated from bath towels and other heavier synthetics.
  • Ensure that clothes are dried just right. If available, use your dryer’s moisture sensor setting that will automatically shut down the machine when your clothes are dry. This not only saves energy, it protects your fabrics from excessive heat.
  • Clean the dryer lint filter after every load. This will ensure proper air circulation, promote maximum power, and not to mention prevent a fire hazard.
  • Line dry. If you have the time, consider hanging your clothes outside and letting the sun and natural air do the work.

ENERGY SAVING TIPS FOR CLOTHES WASHERS

  • Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. Use hot water only when faced with stubborn dirt and stains.
  • Run full loads. Full and partial loads exhaust the same amount of power, so maximize each cycle to conserve energy.
  • Adjust the water level according to your laundry’s load size.
  • Select the shortest possible cycle that can effectively wash your clothes
  • Use just enough detergent. Too much soap will result to extra rinses.

ENERGY SAVING TIPS FOR DISHWASHERS

  • Run your dishwasher with a full load, but take care not to overload as it. Dishwashers actually use the same amount of energy whether it be a small load or a full one, so take advantage of full loads and save up on the energy.
  • Scrape, don’t pre-rinse. Pre-rinsing dishes wastes energy, not to mention gallons of water. Be assured that dishwashers nowadays are designed to prevail over heavily soiled dishes – just scrape off the leftovers and it’ll be good to go. But if you feel you must rinse the dishes first, then go for cold water.
  • Determine the best short cycle for you. As shorter cycles use less energy, select the shortest possible cycle that can properly clean your dishes.
  • Air-dry switch or literally air dry. Use the air-dry setting of your dishwasher instead of the heat-dry option. Or better yet, just turn off the dishwasher after the final rinse cycle, slightly open the door, and allow your dishes to naturally air dry.
  • Run your dishwasher in the cooler hours of the day.
  • Get in the habit of regular dishwasher maintenance. Clean the filter and clear out any build-up. A well-maintained machine runs more efficiently and lasts longer.

By learning to use your appliances efficiently, you can cut down on your utilities bills and even extend the life of your appliances. Have questions about our energy saving tips? Give us a call at.





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