If all refrigerators today were as efficient as the best available
models, we could eliminate the need for the equivalent of 15 large
1000-megawatt nuclear power plants. When buying appliances, be sure
to check the Energy Efficiency Rating (EER)’the higher the number,
the better. Meanwhile, cut your electricity costs with the tips below
ăthey offer ways to make any model more efficient.
Make sure the seals on the door of your refrigerator are airtight.
To check, close the door over a dollar bill with half of it
in the refrigerator and half of it outside; if it pulls out easily,
your seal may need replacing.
Dont let frost build up in your freezer it increases
the amount of energy needed to keep the engine running.
Keep your refrigerator away from heat-producing appliances
direct exposure to heat will make it work harder and use more
Dont store uncovered foods they humidify the
air and make the refrigerator work harder.
Clean the condenser coils in the back or bottom of your
refrigerator at least once a year a brush or a vacuum will
do the job.
If your refrigerator and freezer are just 10° colder than necessary,
your energy consumption goes up 25%. The refrigerator temperature
should be 38°, 42°F and the freezer 0°, 5°F.
Avoid using appliances during peak hours: from 11 am to
5 pm on summer weekdays, 5 pm to 8 pm on winter weekdays.
If your oven has a pilot light, make sure it is burning in
a blue, cone-shaped flame. A yellow "jumping" flame is burning
inefficiently. To stop losing gas, get your oven serviced.
Keep the oven door shut peeking lowers the temperature
by 25 to 50 degrees.
Check the seal on your oven door even a small tear
or gap lets a lot of heat escape.
Use hand lawn and garden tools whenever possible. Keep
electrical tools clean and cutting edges sharp a dull blade
takes longer to cut and uses more energy.
Experiment with cold water wash and rinse cycles youll
cut your energy use by half.
Clean the lint filter in your dryer after each use. That
lets the air circulate efficiently to dry your clothes more quickly.
Hang drapes to provide additional insulation. Close drapes
to keep warm air in during the cold season and cool air from warming
up in warmer weather. Open drapes to let the rays from the sun warm
a chilly room.
Keep your refrigerator full. It takes less energy to cool
a full refrigerator or freezer than an empty one as long as it is
not so full that air cannot circulate. Fill extra space with jugs
of water in the back of both freezers and refrigerators. Use the
ice in coolers and drink the cold water.
open the refrigerator or freezer when you need to. Every time
you open the door, warm air enters the refrigerator or freezer.
More energy must be spent to cool it back down. When cooking, get
out all the refrigerated or frozen items you need at the same time.
Put them back at the same time too, and you will use less energy.
not put hot food directly inside the refrigerator or freezer.
It takes more energy to cool down the food. Let it cool naturally,
first and you will save energy.
food in the refrigerator. Not only will you avoid the spoiling
of food by not leaving it out, but you will also keep the temperature
down in the refrigerator as it thaws. Place the food in the refrigerator
24 hours before you need it thawed and you can save energy.
microwaves to cook meals. A microwave can cook small and medium
meals more efficiently than an oven or stove. Follow recipes for
suggested cooking times and do not overcook.
the appropriate sized pan when cooking on the stovetop. Pans
with flat bottoms heat more efficiently than those without. If you
are using a small pan, use a smaller burner.
not over-dry clothes in the dryer. Use air-dry cycles on light
loads and hang clothes outside to dry in the summer if possible.
Not only will you save energy, but also your clothes will last longer.
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