- Use the air-dry option on your dishwasher if available or open the door after the final rinse cycle to dry the dishes.
- Only run dishwashers and clothes washers when fully loaded.
- Keep your refrigerator and freezer full. They operate more efficiency when full.
- When drying clothes, do not overfill the dryer and use the automatic setting if available. Dry loads back-to-back if possible. Remember to clean the lint filter between loads.
- Unplug or recycle that spare refrigerator in the garage if you don‘t really need it. Refrigerators are typically the second largest electricity users in a home. If your refrigerator is more than ten years old, consider replacing it.
- Always choose Energy Star-labeled appliances.
- Except for refrigerators and freezers that keep food cold, unplug all electronic devices, chargers, and appliances when they are not being used. They can still use a large amount of energy even when they are in the “Off” or “Power Save Mode”. Consider plugging these devices into power strips with an on-off switch.
- Ensure that the clothes dryer’s outside air vent is well-sealed.
- Keep the condenser coils on the back of your refrigerator and freezer clean.
- When considering the purchase of new appliances, consult Energy Star (energystar.gov) for information on which models they have approved to use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment.
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