Smart Use of Appliances

You can become more energy efficient by maximizing the way you use your appliances.

  1. Refrigerators
  2. Ranges
  3. Dishwashers
  4. Clothes Washers & Dryers
  • Check the tightness of your refrigerator seals.
  • Check your refrigerator and freezer temperatures to be sure the controls are set at the most economical positions. (Side-by-side refrigerator / freezer combination, the freezer should not be higher than 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Separate freezers should be set at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature of your refrigerator should be between 34 degrees Fahrenheit and 37 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Clean underneath the refrigerator every few months.
  • If the freezer is not self-defrosting, don't allow the frost to accumulate more than 1/4 inch.
  • Position your refrigerator and freezer away from the direct flow of warm air, such as the oven or sunshine.
  • Thaw frozen food in the refrigerator. This adds cold and reduces spoilage.