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Major home appliances account for a large portion of your monthly electric bill, so it makes sense to use them efficiently.
appliance tips
  • use a shorter wash cycle for lightly soiled clothes
  • run full dish loads in your dishwasher, use the ‘air dry’ setting and turn the unit off after the final rinse.
  • cleaning the reflectors under your range surface units increases the efficiency to heat pots and pans
  • use only cold water to rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher
  • wash clothes in cold or warm water and use cold to rinse
  • use your microwave oven to reheat leftovers and cook vegetables and casseroles
  • use your toaster oven to bake small quantities of food
  • vacuum behind your refrigerator at least once a year and remove dirt and dust from the coils  
  • vent the dryer outside your house to reduce heat and moisture inside
  • wash clothes on the delicate cycle so the motor doesn't have to work as hard
  • wash only full loads of laundry
  • washing 2 small loads of laundry uses about twice as much energy as washing 1 full load
  • Americans could save about 30 million tons of carbon dioxide each year by washing clothes in cold water
  • a water heater insulation jacket can reduce your water heater’s energy use by 10% - 12%, but check the owner’s manual first - some manufacturers don’t recommend using wraps
  • turn off unnecessary lights and appliances; they add heat to your home
  • use a slow cooker to cook one-pot meals
  • adjust the load setting on your washing machine for smaller loads to save water
  • clean the lint filter after every load to increase air flow and help your dryer work more efficiently
  • turning on the heat pump or air conditioner, showering, and doing several loads of laundry increases demand and can result in a much higher bil
  • instead of using a longer wash cycle for heavily soiled clothes, pre-soak them and use a shorter wash cycle
  • keep your freezer between 0° and 5° - settings below this use more energy
  • load dishes in your dishwasher according to the manufacturer’s instructions to take full advantage of the spraying action
  • mark items in your freezer for quick identification so you don’t have to keep the door open while you sort through them
  • opening the refrigerator door accounts for $10 - $20 of a typical family’s annual electric bill, based on 40 - 60 openings per day
  • overloading your dryer makes it work harder and may cause excessive lint and wrinkling
  • refrigerators operate most efficiently when full but not overloaded
  • replace old appliances with ENERGY STAR® products that use 15-40% less energy
  • set your washer to run clothes through an additional spin cycle and you'll cut drying time in half
  • turn off computers, printers, copiers, etc. when you’re not using them
  • close your refrigerator door on a dollar bill - if you can easily pull out the bill, it’s time to replace the seal
  • defrost foods in the refrigerator instead of in the microwave to save energy and help keep your home cool
  • dry like-weight items together for efficient drying
  • dry loads consecutively to take advantage of heat build-up in your dryer
  • put the sun to work for you - dry your clothes outside
  • front-loading machines can reduce energy use by more than 50%, use significantly less water, require less detergent and shorter drying cycles, and reduce clothing wear and tear
  • If you are a Combined Advantage customer, remember to spread out the use of your major appliances during on-peak hours
  • save money on a time-of-use rate plan by shifting energy use to lower cost off-peak hours whenever possible, and avoid running major appliances at the same time during on-peak hours
  • do all your ironing at once to avoid heating the iron multiple times