5 Energy Sapping Appliances

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

We all know that energy costs are going up all the time. Saving electricity is not only better for the environment but saves money too! Did you know that some of the biggest electricity users are in your kitchen? Here are some of the worst culprits, and ways you can save energy with each of them!

Washers Washers can use up to 500 Watts of electricity when they are running, and the warmer the wash, the more they use. Try washing in cooler water; modern detergents are designed to work in cool water, so heating all that water is a waste! Also, try to do a full load each time; although washers usually have a small load setting, doing one large load uses less energy than doing two small ones.

Dryers Depending on its size and the drying cycle you select, your dryer can use between 1800 and 5000 Watts! Don’t dry clothes for a longer time than is needed, and if your dryer has a humidity sensor, use it to turn off the dryer automatically when your clothes are dry. If it is a sunny day, why not dry some of laundry on a washing line; you will save energy and your clothes will smell wonderful!

Refrigerators Refrigerators do not use as much electricity as dryers, but they run all the time and the costs mount up. If you have an old refrigerator, you may want to get a new, energy efficient one, but there are many things you can do to save energy. Set the temperature to the right level to keep food fresh; the coldest setting is not necessary. Defrost the freezer regularly, as ice build-up increases energy consumption. Let hot foods cool before putting them in the refrigerator. And, check the door seals. There is no point of cooling all that air only to have it leak out again.

Dishwashers With an electricity consumption of between 1200 and 2400 Watts, dishwashers are no energy lightweight! Use the economy mode when you can, or even open the door to air-dry the dishes once they have been washed. Also think about washing your dishes overnight, as electricity rates can be cheaper then.

It is hard to believe, but kettles are one of the biggest energy users. A typical electric kettle uses 2000 W, twice as much as your microwave! One great way of saving energy is only to boil as much water as you need, rather than filling your kettle to the top. Electric kettles are more efficient than ones you heat on the hob, though, so if you don’t have one, it is probably a good investment.

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