- Cover all liquids stored in the refrigerator. Otherwise, moisture can be drawn into the air, making the unit work harder.
- Avoid storing your freezer unit in the garage, where temperatures above 90° F can cause it to use more electricity.
- Replace a refrigerator that is more than 15 years old. A new refrigerator with the ENERGY STAR® label can be as much as 40 percent more energy efficient than older models.
- Dry two or more loads of laundry in a row to take advantage of the heat that builds up during the previous cycle.
- Clean the lint tray in your clothes dryer after every load, and clean the vent to the outside once a month.
- Use the moisture sensor option on your dryer. This feature automatically shuts off the machine when the clothes are dry.*
- Run large loads, instead of several smaller ones, to cut down on electricity usage.
- Pick washers with high spin speeds to reduce drying time. Front-load washers use less water and up to two-thirds less electricity than top-loading models.
- Use cold water for the wash and rinse cycles to conserve electricity. Most of the electricity consumed by washing machines is for heating water.
- Avoid using the heat drying feature on your dishwasher, as this increases electricity consumption.
- Wait until your dishwasher is full before using it. This is one of the simplest ways to reduce electricity usage.
- Make sure to purchase a dishwasher with the ENERGY STAR® label when replacing or upgrading your dishwasher.
Stoves & Range Tops
- Avoid heating the inside of your home and lower your electricity use by grilling outside during the summer. The more a room heats up, the more electricity an AC unit has to use in order to maintain a cooler temperature.
- Use a slow-cooker to cook stews and other single-dish meals. This will help you save on electricity since a slow-cooker uses less electricity than a stove top.
- Cook with covered pans that have tight-fitting lids to allow contents to heat faster, reducing electricity use.
*Source: ENERGY STAR®