Peace on earth can be gained through more than just good tidings this winter. Collectively, the lack of energy efficiency in the United States wastes an estimated $130 billion dollars every year. As a homeowner, doing your small part to become more energy efficient can make a big difference—both for your wallet and for the planet. By taking mindful steps towards lifestyle habits that are energy efficient, you can take control of your energy savings.
Replacing your refrigerator is an amazing way to cut down on energy usage and save money. If you haven’t replaced your fridge in a few years, consider that new refrigerators offer significantly more storage capacity, while using less energy. Likewise, new fridges offer smart features, like vacation mode, which automatically reduces your energy usage if your fridge door is not opened for 24 consecutive hours. Be sure to store uncovered foods in plastic wrap or containers to ensure that any moisture released doesn’t make your fridge work harder than it needs to. And don’t forget to vacuum your fridge regularly, since deposits of dust on the coils that cool your refrigerator will prevent it from working at maximum efficiency.
Save yourself the chore of hand washing dishes and cut energy costs with a dishwasher. A dishwasher allows you to maximize your savings if you run full loads and scrape off excess foods before running a cycle. New dishwashers are continually improving; compared to dishwashers from 1990, new models use 40% less energy. To avoid scalding your hands when using the sink or drawing a bath, turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You’ll save significantly, as nearly one-fifth of household energy consumption comes from heating water.
Laundry also offers opportunities to save both energy and money. Newer washers are more efficient, and regularly using the cold water setting can reduce your washer’s energy use by 75%. Look for dryers that offer moisture sensing features, this will automatically turn off your dryer when a load is dry. Likewise, clean the lint trap between each use, to ensure that your machine is running at maximum efficiency at all times.
Conscientious cooking habits can also cut down on energy costs. Matching your pot size to your burners or using a cook top that automatically matches your pot size will prevent heat loss. You can also benefit from using copper-bottomed pans that are more heat efficient, along with fitted lids that keep heat trapped and shorten cooking times. When reheating leftovers, choose a microwave over a conventional oven as they use less energy.
Savings can extend to your seasonal decorations, too. Replace incandescent holiday light strings with LED strings that are brighter and have ten times the life span. Setting your lights on a timer will keep you in control of how much energy you’re using. Share your sustainable holiday habits by choosing a warm e-card over mailing cards and reuse old cards creatively as gift tags. Similarly, thoughtful homemade gifts are a heartwarming alternative to stressful trips to the mall. Bake home made cookies to treat teachers, service workers, and neighbors to something more than another plain, generic gift.
Energy conscious appliances and habits are an investment not only in efficiency, but also in your home. New appliances will make your property more attractive to future buyers, all while delivering savings every year.
H&H Appliance offers many Electrolux appliances with state-of-the-art energy efficient features built right in. The company’s objective is to develop smarter, more accessible, resource-efficient solutions that meet people’s needs and improve their lives while making a positive everyday difference for the planet.
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According to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, homes with new, energy efficient appliances save an average of $227 per year, and by 2030 can expect to save $320 a year. So visit us to explore our selection with an expert staff member ready to assist you in finding the perfect Electrolux kitchen appliance to better the earth and create peace of mind this holiday season.