Home appliancesIf you’re looking for ways to save energy around your home, there are many options. Changing out incandescent light bulbs with LED models, getting annual cooling and heating maintenance, and installing a smart thermostat are all some ways to help keep your home running more efficiently. But, did you know your household appliances often use much more energy than necessary?

We all like to save energy whenever possible. It’s good for the planet, and good for our wallets when it comes time to pay the utility bills! In this article, we’ll talk about common household appliances that you typically use each day – like your fridge and stove – and how you can help them operate as efficiently as possible. Keep reading to learn more!

How to Make These Common Household Appliances More Efficient

  • Oven & Stovetop: Make sure to use the right size burner for the pan size. A small pot on a large burner consumes excessive energy, and vice-versa. Keep your oven door closed as much as possible, as it will lose heat every time you open it. And, baking in ceramic or glass dishes can help save energy, because you can turn your oven down 25 degrees and food will cook in the same amount of time.
  • Fridge & Freezer: Did you know you can help your refrigerator operate more effectively by moving it away from such heat-generating appliances as ovens or dishwashers? And, make sure you let foods cool before placing them in the fridge or freezer, and make sure they’re covered and contained. Otherwise, your food may release excessive moisture which will make your fridge or freezer have to work harder to stay cold.
  • Dishwasher: Use the energy-saving cycle on the dishwasher whenever possible, and opt out of the heat-drying cycle. Letting the dishes air dry can help save energy every load. It’s also a good idea to only run the dishwasher when full, and during the cooler parts of the day.
  • Washer & Dryer: You can save energy easily by simply choosing to wash your laundry in cold water. Most detergents today are formulated to work well with cold water. And, wash full loads rather than many small loads. When it comes to your dryer, make sure the lint filter is clean and the dryer has the proper ventilation.
  • Hot Water Heater: Insulate both your water heater and pipes, as it helps keep the water at a higher heat. Save on the work your water heater has to do by making sure leaky or dripping faucets are repaired, low-flow shower heads are installed, and hot water is turned off when not in active use.

And, make sure you replace old appliances with energy-efficient models and have any necessary repairs made quickly to older appliances.

Most of today’s household appliances are made to operate much more effectively and efficiently than their older counterparts. When it comes time to replace your fridge, dishwasher, stove, or any other appliance, make sure to look for the ENERGY STAR rating.

If you’re noticing your appliances aren’t working properly but it isn’t quite time to replace them, you can help them operate their best and most efficient by choosing repairs from Expert Home Service. We will be happy to provide you with quality repair services, provided by our experienced technicians in a friendly, professional manner. Simply call us at (813) 632-8889, and we will be happy to help you.