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Household Appliances: Energy Efficiency to the Max

Between replacing appliances and changing the way you use them, achieving an energy-efficient home might seem like a mission impossible. It often seems there are too many loose ends and variables. Still, becoming more energy-efficient is easier than you may think. Apart from your heating and AC, home appliances are known to guzzle up most electricity in a household. Here are some tips on how to optimize their operation and reduce your utility bills.

Refrigerator

Aside from being one of the biggest appliances in your home, the fridge is the one that keeps running all the time. This is a reason enough to keep it in good shape. Cleaning the fridge is not only important to prevent bad odours from expired foods, but also for its efficiency.

Additionally, it’s important to keep a moderate temperature inside. If the thermostat is set too low, the fridge will needlessly suck up more electricity than it needs for normal operation. An optimal ‘cruise’ temperature is around 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Having a fridge run half empty also isn’t very economical. Even if it’s barely stocked, running 24/7, it takes the same amount of electricity as if full to the top.

Microwave

You should know how to save electricity while reheating your food. First, make sure the microwave is in perfect working condition with no food residue on the walls. Letting the microwave stay filthy for a period of time reduces its effectiveness, as much of electricity will be used to heat the build-up on the walls instead of the dish you need heated.

Also, avoid using your microwave’s defrosting feature as much as you can. At least leave your food out to defrost over a period of time before turning to your microwave. In addition, fully defrosted food actually tastes better than if defrosted in a microwave.

On the other hand, using a microwave regularly can actually help you increase energy-efficiency in your home. If you have to choose between a microwave and an oven, using a microwave is always more economical for reheating leftovers and cooking small meals.

Dishwasher

Dishwashers need to use a lot of water to get your dishes clean, so they will always waste a lot of electricity and resources. Still, there are ways to make them use all the water and electricity they consume. Doubtless, the most effective way to cut back on electricity and resources is to buy a new dishwasher with a smart technology that can detect precisely how much water it needs.

If you have a fairly new dishwasher or don’t feel like spending the extra money on the latest energy-efficient model, make sure you always have a full load of dishes. It will use the same amount of electricity and water whether you put in a few spoons or fill the racks to the rafters.

Moreover, you should avoid rinsing before using the dishwasher, in spite of what you’ve always been told. Modern dishwashers don’t need extra help, and you’ll just be wasting water unnecessarily.

Washing machine

As with dishwashers, reducing the energy and resources needed to run a laundromat is difficult. Try lowering the temperature and using less water for your loads. Hot or warm water should be only used for deep, dark stains or man-made clothes like jeans and knits. After all, hot water often shrinks the clothes made of natural materials, so only use warmer settings when you really need to.

In addition, if you are doing laundry daily, try to use the shortest cycle, especially on clothes that have a quick turnaround. Manufacturers also follow the trends, designing machines with new energy- saving settings. For example, the new line of Maytag appliances comes with an advanced PowerWash feature that provides the best cleaning in only one cycle.

Even if we use them daily, there is a lot we can do to make our household appliances more energy-efficient. By keeping them clean and in top form, we don’t only improve their operation, but also extend their lifespan. Whether it’s the refrigerator, dishwasher or washing machine, the most savings are made by ensuring they always work at full capacity.

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