Energy Saving Tips
For the average homeowner, utilities account for a substantial amount of income, so cutting utility expenses by reducing appliance energy costs is always a good idea. Follow the tips below to shave a bit of the cost off of your monthly utility bills and to play a part in reducing environmental waste.
Energy Saving Tips for Dryers
- Avoid overloading the dryer as this can prevent proper heat transfer for efficient drying. On the other hand, loading a dryer with too few clothes will also cause it to run less efficiently.
- Drying multiple loads consecutively will enable your dryer to use some heat from previous dry cycles to decrease overall the length of dry time.
- If the dryer has moisture-sensing technology, use this to increase energy efficiency.
- Ensure that the dryer vent is not obstructed and that the vent hose has no kinks.
- Towels and other heavy items should be dried separately from the rest of the laundry.
- Consider positioning the dryer in a well-heated area of the house for optimal dry time.
- Be sure to clean the dryer’s lint filter after each use to reduce the risk of dryer fires.
Energy Saving Tips for Washing Machines
- When appropriate, use cold water to wash clothes to reduce natural gas expenses.
- Set the washing machine’s water level to accommodate the load you place into the washer.
- If possible, consider placing the washing machine close to your water heater. This will reduce heat loss when hot water is transferred from the water heater to the washing machine.
Energy Saving Tips for Refrigerators & Freezers
- Keeping your freezer full will increase the retention of cold air, reducing the workload on your refrigerator’s compressor. This will reduce energy costs and help to extend the appliance’s life.
- Keep refrigerator doors closed as much as possible. Each time the door is opened, the interior temperature rises and the compressor must work harder to catch up.
- Placing food on the back wall of the refrigerator can interfere with the refrigerator’s cooling, so avoid doing this.
- Periodically remove any dust from condenser coils.
- Manually defrosting the refrigerator periodically can help to alleviate any frost buildup that may have accumulated on condenser coils.
- Keeping the refrigerator side between 36-40F and the freezer side between 0-4F will provide optimal energy efficiency.
- A typical refrigerator will cost roughly $95 per year to run continuously, so consider using only one refrigerator when one is enough.
- Avoid positioning the refrigerator near heat sources or in direct sunlight.
- Position your refrigerator away from direct sunlight and other heat sources if possible.
- Refrigerator doors should seal tightly — if they aren’t, the door seals will require replacement.
- Avoid placing the refrigerator in an area where the temperature will drop below 60F. This will cause the compressor to run efficiently or stop running altogether.
- Avoid placing hot food in the refrigerator. Allowing food to cool off first will decrease the strain on your refrigerator.
Energy Saving Tips for Dishwashers
- When appropriate, use air dry instead of heated dry — or leave the dishwasher door open to allow the dishes to dry naturally.
- Clean chunks of food from your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher to avoid damaging the dishwasher drain pump. That said, they don’t need to be spotless.
- Run dishwashers using cooler periods of the day during warmer months to decrease the impact of heat dissipation.
- If your dishwasher has an energy-saving cycle, use it.
- Run a full load of dishes each time the dishwasher is used. Dishwashers use the same amount of water and electricity regardless of the number of dishes being washed.
- For dishwashers with a filter screen, regular cleaning will ensure that the dishwasher operates efficiently.
Energy Saving Tips for Ovens, Stoves, and Ranges
- Avoid opening your oven door as this will release heat and cause your oven to work harder. Most ovens come equipped with an interior light.
- When appropriate, consider using a toaster oven or microwave to cook as they use less energy and generate less heat.
- When preparing multiple dishes in the oven, consider cooking them all together.
- Choosing the correct cookware for your stove is important. Certain materials, such as cast iron, will retain heat better than stainless steel. Use a lid for your cookware to capture heat when appropriate.
- Don’t open the oven door while it is in operation as this will cause heat release and force the oven to work harder. Ovens come equipped with an interior light to check the status of food items inside the oven.
- Check to make sure that the oven is sealing tightly so that heat is not lost during operation.
- Keeping an oven clean will ensure that it operates as efficiently as possible.
- Periodically test your oven’s temperature to ensure that it is properly calibrated. If the actual temperature isn’t the same as the temperature setting, consider recalibrating the oven.
- Match your cookware to the size of the burner you’ll be using. For an 8-inch burner, use an 8-inch pot or pan.
- For optimal efficiency, cook first with high heat and then switch to a lower setting.
New Appliance Purchases
- Before purchasing, compare energy costs using EnergyGuide ratings for energy efficiency.
- As a general rule, newer models use less energy than older models.
- Choose the smallest appliance that will accommodate your needs — smaller appliances use less energy.
- When choosing a washing machine, consider that front-loaders use less energy than top-loading models. Top-loading models without an agitator run more efficiently, but their cost is higher.
- Side-by-side refrigerators typically use more energy than conventional top/bottom models.
We hope that these tips have been helpful and that you will consider using Master Appliance Repair for your future appliance service needs!