We’re going to keep the ball rolling with these energy reduction blog posts.  This one is going to focus on appliances and electronics not in the kitchen.

Washing and Dryer

  • Just like for your fridge or dishwasher, it is smart to have an ENERGY STAR model washer and dryer.
  • Set aside a laundry day and do all your washing and drying at the same time.  Doing it all at the same time reduces energy waste by not having to warm up and cool down the machines on different occasions.
  • But, we do understand that sometimes you just have to run a load, for that, make sure to change the settings to use less water.
  • Separate your laundry into heavy and light fabrics, that way when drying, you don’t under-dry certain items and over-dry others.  If possible, air-dry the lighter items.  Easier on your clothes and wallet.
  • Make sure the dryer vents to the outside, otherwise it can make the A/C work extra hard to cool your home.
  • Lastly, make sure to clean the dryer vents.  Like with any appliance, the cleaner the components, the more efficiently it will run.

Electronics

  • Again with the ENERGY STAR tip, I know we side like a broken record with this, but it’s true, the ENERGY STAR electronics and appliances are the approved energy efficient products.  So when TV shopping, look for that logo so you know you’ll get the most energy efficient TV.
  • For chargers, laptops, other electronics you don’t always use, plug them into a power strip and turn it off when you aren’t using them.  Just having them plugged in sucks up some energy, so this little trick can save you a bunch.
  • If you’re shopping around for a computer, consider a laptop over a desktop, requires less energy (and portable, probably more affordable, many benefits outside of saving energy).
  • However, if you do have a desktop, set it to go to sleep or hibernate instead of setting it to go to a screensaver.  The newer desktops take far less time to boot up from sleep or off so it isn’t really necessary to keep it on a screensaver mode.
  • Rechargeable batteries should be removed from the charging port once they’ve reached their full capacity.  Even if they’re fully charged, they’ll still charge, using up your energy.

I hope this short blog post can give you some simple tips to reduce your energy costs.  Keep an eye out for our next post about your A/C.  Posting that one as soon as possible since the hot months are almost done!  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get real-time updates on when the blogs are published.

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