Saving energy around your home can start with your refrigerator, dishwasher and washer/dryer. For most of the tips in this article, chances are you’re probably violating most if not all of these energy saving principles. If you want to become a true frugalist, start with the following tips — and we guarantee your pocketbook will love it.
Using Your Refrigerator
- Start using ice trays again. Studies have shown that automatic ice makers increase energy usage from 14-50% depending on the refrigerator model.
- Cover that food. Placing uncovered food and drinks in your refrigerator causes condensation which, in turn, makes the fridge work much harder.
- If it’s hot, let it cool off. Don’t place hot food items in the fridge. Hot food makes your fridge work harder to remain at temperature.
- Let the heat escape. If you have items on the top of your fridge, now is the time to clean it off. By having a clean top, heat is allowed to easily escape which, in turn, will extend the life of your fridge.
- Look for the star. Purchase an Energy Star refrigerator and use 15% less energy than other models.
Using Your Dishwasher
- Use it! If you have a dishwasher, it actually saves more on water than hand-washing, especially if you follow the next few tips.
- Scrape those dishes and don’t rinse. You’re probably in the habit of rinsing your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. But pre-rinsing dishes can waste up to 20 gallons of water.
- Fill it to capacity! Don’t run your dishwasher until it’s absolutely full. Doing so can save up to 400 gallons of water per month.
- Look for the star. Energy Star dishwashers can save up to 5000 gallons of water per year.
Using Your Washer/Dryer
- Hang ‘em out to dry. If it’s feasible, consider hanging your clothes to dry instead of using the dryer. Most of the energy used in the laundry process is from the dryer.
- No more dryer sheets. Instead of using Bounce or any other dryer sheets, start using tennis balls instead. Tennis balls speed up the drying process which saves energy. And best of all, they are reusable.
- Wear it again proudly. Get out of the habit of tossing your clothing in the hamper after wearing it once. Wear it again which, over time, will reduce your water usage since you are doing less laundry.
- Look for the star. Energy Star washers will save you money on both electricity and water used. Dryers will save on electric costs as well.