Celebrate Earth Day by making an effort to live a green lifestyle and grow
some green in your pocket, too. This month, make an effort to break old
habits and take a step away from energy-waste to energy-smart.
Open the Door to More Savings
• Give your refrigerator some breathing room by keeping the appliance
at least two or three inches away from the wall. Place your refrigerator
away from direct sunlight and appliances that produce heat to make your
refrigerator run more efficiently.
• Do you crave a midnight snack, but can’t decide what to eat?
Keep your fridge full, not only to satisfy all of your midnight munchies,
but also to help the fridge save energy after recovery from the door being open.
• Check and care for the rubber seals surrounding the inside of your
fridge by using mild soap twice a year to help prevent cracked and torn
seals. Use your money to test the seals by placing a dollar bill halfway
inside the refrigerator door. If the dollar pulls out easily, then your
losing money in more than one way and it may be time to replace the rubber seals.
• Enjoy a night of leftovers and defrost your fridge regularly. The
frost build-up wastes energy by making the compressor run longer.
Keep the Heat Inside of Your Oven and Out of Your Pocket
• If you notice your food cooking unevenly or it is taking longer
than before, it may be time to replace cracked or torn door seals that
can allow up to 20% of heat to escape
• When cooking up your favorite meal, turn off electric burners two
to three minutes before you finish cooking and let the residual heat sauté
the rest to perfection.
• Save yourself a step by planning out your cooking schedule to only
bake in the oven instead of preheating. Sometimes there is no need to
preheat if the food requires more than an hour in the oven.
• When tidying up your kitchen don’t forget about your electric
and gas burners. Clean burners allow for a more efficient use of energy.
Clean Plate, Clean Mind
• Save up to 20 gallons of water by hand -scraping your dishes, instead
of running water for your pre-rinse.
• Give your dishes a breath of fresh air by turning your dishwasher
setting to air-dry or open the dishwasher after the rinse cycle.
• Hold off on washing your dishes until you have a full load. Your
dishwasher uses the same amount of water per cycle, so fill it up with
all of your hand-scraped plates.
• Give your dishwasher a wash of its own by running an empty cycle
with a citric acid-based cleaner. The cleaner will remove soap and calcium
build-up that makes your dishwasher work harder than it has to.
Follow these do-it-yourself energy efficient tips periodically by adding
them to your family calendar. To help prolong the life of your appliances,
combine these tips with regular visits from your local appliance repair
Through the use of simple maintenance tasks you can extend the life of
your appliances, your bank account and most importantly, our planet.