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Water Heater 

  • Repair leaky faucets promptly. A faucet that leaks a single drop of hot water each second can waste up to 200 gallons of hot water per month, as well as the energy used to heat it.
  • Wrap your water heater and pipes with insulation. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure safety.
  • Consider setting your water heater temperature at 120 degrees. Take short showers instead of baths. You can use 15 to 25 gallons of hot water for a bath. Showers use 3 to 5 gallons per minute.
  • Don't let the hot water run continuously when you wash dishes or shave.
  • Consider installing low flow showerheads. They could reduce your hot water energy usage by up to one-third. 

Washer/Dryer 

  • Wash your clothes in cold water using cold water detergents whenever possible. Laundry detergents -- not the water temperature -- whiten your clothes.
  • Clean the lint filter after every dryer load. Clothes will dry faster and you will save energy.
  • Wash full laundry loads, rather than washing multiple small loads. You'll save water, detergent and energy.
  • Don't add wet items to a near-dry load.
  • Don't over dry clothes. Removing clothes from the dryer before they begin to wrinkle can eliminate ironing and save energy.
  • Make sure the dryer is properly vented. Inspect the outside vent opening to be sure it is clear of lint and the damper will close when the dryer is off.
  • Have a professional inspect the dryer vent pipe. Lint can accumulate in these pipes and reduce airflow. 

Dishwasher 

  • Operate your dishwasher with a full load and select an energy-saving cycle whenever possible. Use the “air dry” or “overnight dry” setting.
  • In the summer, use the dishwasher in the cooler parts of the day, such as the early morning and late evening hours. Don’t pre-rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
  • Don’t use “rinse hold” on you machine for just a few soiled dishes. It uses 3 to 7 gallons of water each time. 

Oven/Range 

  • Cook with the right size pot on the right size burner. Energy is lost up the sides of a small pot on a large burner and adds unnecessary heat to the kitchen.
  • Open the oven door as little as possible. Your oven loses 25 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit each time you open the door, making it work harder to maintain its temperature.
  • Cover pans to reduce the cooking time and amount of heat needed.
  • If you cook with electricity, turn the stovetop burners and oven off several minutes before the allotted cooking time.
  • Use smaller appliances such as crock pots, toaster ovens and electric skillets whenever possible to save energy.
  • Try to do most of your cooking in the microwave or on top of the range instead of in the oven.
  • You can lower your oven temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit when baking with glass or ceramic dishes.
  • Cook with aluminum or copper bottom pans for even heat conduction. Pans with straight sides and flat bottoms reduce cooking time and heat loss.
  • Preheat ovens only when necessary. Unless you’re baking breads or pastries, you may not need to preheat the oven at all.
  • Keep range-top burner and reflectors clean; they will reflect the heat better and save energy. 

Refrigerator/Freezer 

  • Don’t keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit for the fresh food compartment and 0 degrees for the freezer section.
  • Place your refrigerator and freezer away from heat sources.
  • Keep refrigerator motor and coils clean and unobstructed.
  • Defrost freezers when the build up of ice is more than a quarter of an inch.
  • A full freezer will perform better than a nearly empty freezer.
  • Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
  • Make sure the refrigerator and freezer doors close tightly.
  • Avoid putting hot foods directly into the refrigerator or freezer. Let them cool to room temperature first.

 

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