Kitchen Appliances

  • Refrigerators are big energy users. If your refrigerator door does not shut tightly, check the door seal to see if it needs to be cleaned or replaced. A door leak allows cool air to escape, forcing your refrigerator to use more energy to keep food cold.

  • Check temperature settings for the most efficient appliance operation. Refrigerator temperature should be 36-38 degrees and freezer temperature should be 0-5 degrees.

  • Arrange items in your refrigerator for quick removal and return. Your refrigerator cools the food but heats the kitchen. The longer the door is open, the longer the refrigerator compressor runs, heating the kitchen and raising your cooling costs.

  • Eighty percent of the energy used in an automatic dishwasher goes toward heating water. Significant savings take place by running the dishwasher only when it is full. Running a half-filled dishwasher twice uses two times as much energy as running a full load once.

  • Be sure to load the dishes in their proper locations. Scrape dirty dishes with cold rather than hot water.

  • Flip the switch to air dry on your dishwasher or open the door after the washing cycle is complete and save 50% of the energy used to run the dishwasher.