I don’t know how many times we’ve heard and read different saving tips. In fact, we’ve been over that time and time again even on this site. We know to keep the doors closed and lights off in rooms not being used. However, I’ve recently discovered a few more I would never have thought of that could make a small difference, and even though they may be small, they will add up.
• Keep your refrigerator and freezer full. If you have less food in the fridge, it will take more effort and energy just to keep those items cold. If you’re going to use your fridge and freezer, you might as well take complete advantage by stacking as much food in there as possible.
• While we’re on the topic of refrigerators, make sure to keep its filters and coils clean. If it collects too much dust, it will use even more energy to keep everything cool.
• Use the oven’s self-cleaning feature. If you do this right after you use the oven to cook, it will already be hot and therefore require less energy to clean.
• Air-dry your dishes. Dishwashers don’t use nearly as much energy to wash the dishes as they do to dry them. If you can, program the dishwasher to stop after the final rinse, but if your dishwasher doesn’t have this feature, turn it off after the final rinse.
• Minimize the use of your clothes dryer. Hanging clothes out to dry saves a tremendous amount of energy but we don’t always have the luxury of time this takes and the weather doesn’t always permit this. Also, clothes will often tend to be stiff after drying outside and wrinkles may also be visible. You can minimize the use of the dryer by putting as many clothes at one time. It’s a complete waste of energy to have a single t-shirt and a pair of pants in the dryer. Perhaps you might want to consider pulling the clothes right after they’re done tumbling.
• Don’t ever turn your thermostat way up or way down to increase the speed of the heating or cooling process. Again, this will just use up that much more energy and will be a complete waste.