Saving Energy at Home

October 3, 2011



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Easy ways to save energy on your home appliances:

  • Keep refrigerator temperature at 35 to 40 F.
  • Keep freezer section temperature at 0 to 5 F.
  • Keep stand alone freezer temperature at 0 F.
  • When buying a new refrigerator/freezer unit, select one with automatic moisture control.
  • ┬áMake sure refrigerator door gasket is keeping your unit tightly insulated so no air can seep through. Replace gasket or seal if necessary.
Refrigerator Door Gasket

Refrigerator Door Gasket

  • Keep refrigerator door closed as much as possible – especially in hot weather.
  • Clean the coils behind or under refrigerator unit with a long appliance brush.
Refrigerator and freezer condenser coil cleaning brush

Refrigerator and freezer condenser coil cleaning brush

  • Regularly clean any ice build-up in your freezer.
  • When cooking smaller meals, use toaster oven or microwave instead of range oven.
  • The flame on your gas stove burner should always be blue, never yellow.
  • If buying a new gas stove, consider purchasing a model that includes an automatic, electric ignition system.
  • Skip pre-rinsing dishes if you have a newer dishwasher.
  • Run your dishwasher only with a full load.
  • Always air dry dishes in dishwasher.
  • Clean lint filter on dryer before every load. Replace lint filter if damaged.
Lint filters for most types and brands of dryer

Lint filters for most types and brands of dryer

  • Clean dryer vent to ensure air flows freely.
  • Always buy small appliances (curling irons, coffee pots, irons, etc.) with time limited shut-off switches.
  • Plug as many small electronics into a power strip as you can – so you can turn them all off with one click.
  • Replace old, power hungry appliances, television sets, etc. with newer energy efficient models.
  • When shopping for new appliances, compare the annual energy consumption and operating cost for each unit by looking at the bright-yellow and black Energy Guide label.

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