1. Microwave ovens use less than half the power of a conventional oven. So do electric skillets and toaster ovens.
2. Don’t preheat the oven unless it’s necessary. Many foods don’t require it. And no peeking! Each time you open the door, you lower the temperature by 25 to 50 degrees.
3. Use cold water in the garbage disposal. It’s better for the unit and uses less energy.
4. A dishwasher is more energy efficient than washing by hand. Open the door and let the load air dry to save electricity. Wash only full loads!
5. For the refrigerator and freezer, the most efficient settings are 40 degrees and 0 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively. A full refrigerator or freezer uses less energy.
6. Refrigerator and freezer doors need to be airtight. Replace the gaskets if they are cracking or drying out.
7. It’s more energy efficient to let food cool slightly before putting it in the refrigerator. Don’t put uncovered liquids in the refrigerator because it will work harder to remove the moisture.
8. Keep your dryer lint filter clean and have the exhaust duct cleaned annually. This saves energy and reduces fire hazard.
9. Wash clothes with cool water when possible and always rinse in cold water. If you can’t set your washing machine for the size of load, wait until you have a full load.
10. The soak cycle saves energy. Don’t over-wash; ten minutes is usually enough for even the dirtiest of clothes.
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