How to Save Energy With Your Appliances

Ever wonder how you can save money on those absurd energy bills? Well here are some simple steps on how you can save a lot of green.

Steps

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    Make sure that your refrigerator has a few inches of space behind it so air can circulate around the condenser coils. The appliance that uses the most energy is the refrigerator.
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    Dusty condenser coils cause your refrigerator to work harder, leading to higher bills, and a shorter life for the fridge. Clean them with a vacuum, duster, or a cleaner every three months to ensure it is running efficiently. If you have pets clean it every month. You can find vacuum attachments, dusters, and cleaner at AP Wagner's website.
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    How cold is your refrigerator? Having it too cold can be a waste of energy. It is recommended that the temperature for the refrigerator is 37 to 40 °F (3 to 4 °C), and that the freezer is 0 to 5 °F (−18 to −15 °C).
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    Is your refrigerator full? A fuller fridge ensures the temperature is evenly distributed. If you have a lot of room in your refrigerator, fill some containers with water, and fill in the space. If that doesn't work, consider a smaller fridge.
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    Make sure your fridge gasket is clean and does not have any holes or cracks in it. The gasket's job is to keep the cold air in and the warm air out. If it is not working properly the refrigerator will work harder keeping the air cold, and thus lead to a larger energy bill.
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    Wash clothes in cold water if possible. Most of the energy used for machine-washing clothes goes to heating the water.
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    Is the lint screen on your dryer clean? A clogged lint screen makes the dryer use more energy. In addition to that it can also become a fire hazard.
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    Dry one load right after the other. This will reduce warm-up and drying times.
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    Set the fan on your central air conditioner to “on”, rather than “auto”. Doing this will circulate the air constantly, leading to a more evenly distributed temperature throughout the house.
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    Maintain your central air conditioner by cleaning the compressor with a garden hose. Make sure the power-flow is off before you do this.

Tips

  • To test if your refrigerator gasket is working properly, take a dollar bill, and put it in between the door, and close. If there is no pressure when you pull out, you probably need a new gasket.

Warnings

  • Some appliances may be high voltage, be careful and unplug your appliance before you work on it.

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Categories: Appliances | Efficient Energy Use