Tips for using household appliances more efficiently

While appliances use a large amount of energy, there are numerous ways to use them more efficiently.

Posted by Guest Blogger on October 2, 2013

Appliances can save you a lot of time and work, but they are also a major source of energy use. Luckily there are numerous tips that can help you reduce the cost of using your current appliances:

Refrigerator and freezer:

  • Do not open the fridge or freeze repetitively.
  • Avoid using multiple, or oversized, refrigerators and freezers.


  •  Run your dishwasher with a full load only
  •  Use the air dry option, if available.

Stovetop and oven:

  • Use the self-cleaning cycle on your oven when doing major cleaning
  • Plan so that several items can cook in the oven at the same time

Washer and dryer

  • Use cold water to wash whenever possible.
  • Adjust the water level to match each load size.

By using your appliances wisely, you will save on your energy costs. But the savings doesn’t end there, regular maintenance is also important to maximize the efficiently of your appliances. Some examples are:

  • Check air filters in heating and cooling systems monthly during the seasons they are in use
  • Clean dryer filters after each use, or as necessary
  • Clean air vents, baseboards and radiators
  • Defrost refrigerators that do not do so automatically in order to eliminate ice buildup on interiors coils. For external coils, use a vacuum to keep them free of dust.

Lastly, when purchasing any new appliances check for the Energy Star label. Energy Star is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program that helps businesses and individuals save money. Appliances with this label may cost more initially, but will save you money in the long run because of the energy efficiency you gain. Keep in mind that you’ll have this appliance for the next 15 to 20 years.

Also, if you’re thinking about replacing an appliance, Wright-Hennepin can recycle your old refrigerator and any other appliance for $14.00. Simply bring your appliance to Wright-Hennepin’s campus in Rockford and we will help you. For new appliance purchases, Wright-Hennepin also has an appliance repair program to help protect you and your family from large unexpected appliance repair bills. Call a representative at (763) 477-3000 for more information.

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