Your household appliances can be one of the biggest contributors to your home energy costs. Everything from fridges, freezers and ovens to dryers and washing machines all add to the cost of your electricity bill. This is especially true if you live in a large household, it can seem like the washing machine or dishwasher is on more than it is off.
It’s something that most of us think little about, but did you know that there are steps you can take to save energy and reduce the cost from using your household appliances?
Tips to Save Energy on your Home Appliances
Upgrade to a more energy efficient model
If any of your appliances were manufactured more than 10 years ago, they may be using much more energy than an up to date model. Newer appliances are usually much more energy efficient and worth making an upgrade to make savings on your energy bill.
Clean behind your refrigerator
Did you know that a build-up of dust can affect the performance of your fridge?
Over time the coils behind your refrigerator can become dusty, causing it to work harder to maintain the right temperature. Twice a year at least you should clean behind your fridge to keep it working at its best.
Check your door seals
If the seals on your refrigerator, freezer or oven doors are worn or damaged it could lead to a significant loss of energy, causing your appliance to work harder to maintain the right temperature.
Check around the seal from time to time and look for any signs of damage or deformities. If your door does not seal properly you could be using a lot more energy than you need to. Call an appliance repair technician to install a new seal for you.
Wash clothes with cold water
Heating the water in your washing machine uses a lot of energy. Did you know in fact that 90% of the energy used washing your clothes in the washing machine comes from heating the water?
Consider using a cold water detergent to save yourself energy & especially if you use the washing machine often. There are plenty of options on the market that can be just as effective at cleaning your clothes. In fact using cold water can be better for your clothes, making them last longer.