Smart Appliance Use
Use these tips to get the most out of your appliances by making them run efficiently and reducing energy waste:
Refrigerators and Freezers
- Make sure the door seals are tight. If you can slip a piece of paper between the door frame and the gasket, you’ve got a leak.
- Set your fridge to between 35°F and 38°F and your freezer to 3°F.
- Don’t let the refrigerator door stay open for long periods of time. Get in and out quickly to keep the cold air inside.
- Put your dryer in a warm space — avoid cold garages. The dryer has to work that much harder in cold environments to warm up and dry your clothes.
- Clean the lint filter after every load. The improved air circulation will help the machine run more efficiently.
- Dry in full loads, but don’t overload.
- Use the auto-dry setting.
- Reduce or eliminate drying time by line drying as many items as you can.
- Only wash full loads.
- Don’t use too much detergent.
- Wash in cold water as often as possible and use hot water only for very dirty loads. A lot of the energy used by washing machines is from heating water.
- Run full loads only.
- Choose the air dry vs. heat-dry setting.
- Allow your oven to multi-task—bake several items at once and stagger the items to make sure air can flow through the oven.
- Use glass and ceramic pans — they allow you to reduce the heat by 25 degrees while cooking just as well.