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Tips to Reduce Appliance Electricity Use

Appliances can be expensive and use considerable amounts of energy. To reduce your energy use and save money, start by following this checklist.

  • Maintain your refrigerator at 36-40 degrees F and your freezer at 0 degrees F.
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed whenever possible.
  • Regularly clean dust out of the coils behind or under your refrigerator.
  • Minimize freezer ice build-up.
  • Use microwave ovens for cooking small meals.
  • Adjust the flame on gas cooking appliances so it is blue, not yellow.
  • If you have a newer dishwasher, skip pre-rinsing the dishes.
  • Run the dishwasher only with a full load.
  • Air dry dishes in your dishwasher.
  • Regularly clean the lint filter on your dryer and inspect the dryer vent to make sure it is not blocked.
  • Consider air drying clothes and optionally “finishing them” in the dryer.
  • Do not overload your dryer as it takes clothes longer to dry.
  • Shut down home computers when not in use and/or set them to go into sleep mode after 15 minutes of inactivity.
  • Plug small electronics into a power strip so you can turn them all off at the same time.
  • Avoid keeping cell phone chargers plugged in when not in use.
  • Turn off the TV when no one is viewing it.
  • Select appliances such as coffee pots that have time-limited shut off switches.
  • Replace aging appliances, when needed, with energy efficient Energy Star models.
  • Compare the annual energy consumption and operating costs for each appliance being considered by looking at the bright yellow Energy Guide labels.