Research has indicated that major appliances in your home can make up as much as 37% of your overall electric bill. These appliances include your washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer and oven. Understanding how much these individual devices cost you per month, here are some tips to get your electricity costs under control.
Washing Machine and Dryer
- Now is the time to start washing your clothes in cold water whenever possible. As a matter of fact, there are certain “cold water” detergents that will totally eliminate the need to use hot water when doing laundry. With the understanding that 90% of the energy used by your washing machine is for heating water, this tip is a huge money-saver.
- After running through a drying cycle, immediately clean the lint trap. This tip will reduce energy use by as much as 30%;
- If you can, air dry your clothes instead of using the dryer. As an added bonus, it will help your clothes last longer.
- If your dishwasher has an energy-saving cycle, be sure to use it.
- If it has a no-heat air-dry feature, give that a try as well.
- Consider opening the door for air-drying after the final rinse cycle
- Make sure the dishwasher is full before using it. By doing so, you will use it less.
- Stop pre-rinsing your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. Pre-rinsing uses energy to heat the water you’re using from the kitchen faucet. And most modern dishwashers can clean without pre-rinsing.
Refrigerator and Freezer
- Keep the freezer full.
- Don’t overfill the refrigerator because too much food will block air circulation and make it work harder.
- Many of you have an extra freezer. And many of those freezers are empty. Did you know that these spare freezers can cost you between $150 and $200 per year? Now ask yourself, do you really need it?
- Check the seals on the fridge and freezer doors. Try this tip. Place a dollar bill in the door and close it. If you can easily pull out the bill, then it is time to replace that seal.
- Consider using a toaster oven instead of your oven whenever possible. This will cut the electricity consumption in half.
- Rather than opening the oven each time you want to check the cooking process, simply peek through the glass window. This is because 20% of the heat is lost in the oven each time you open the door.
- Consider cooking more food than normal when using the oven. This is because cooking a small amount is the same as cooking a large amount when it comes to electricity consumption.
These tips for saving electricity on your large appliances can drastically reduce your monthly bill. It’s time to be more aware of how you use these appliances. Putting these practices to good use could save you a ton in the long run.