21 January 2011

10 Money-Saving, Energy-Efficient Appliance Tips

The first five of ten handy tips that will help you to effectively reduce energy bills. Check back on Monday for more including a range of FREE devices that will help you to become a more economical energy user.

Fancy shrinking your carbon footprint and your utility bills?  Of course you do! Reducing power and water usage means conserving natural resources, with the added extra benefit of savings on electricity, gas and water bills. Here are our Top Ten Tips on how to shrink your ecological size nines:

Buy a New Appliance
Most new cookers, refrigerators, etc perform better than older machines, but before buying your next appliance, do a little research and check the energy star rating and energy consumption – it should be displayed on most appliances in stores. There are two features of the energy rating label. Star rating for the model’s energy efficiency. Comparative energy consumption given in kilowatts used per hour or year.

Maintain your existing appliance
Of course, we can’t all afford a new appliance, and scrapping old fridges, for instance, can create ecological problems all of their own. Keeping your older appliance well maintained will keep it as efficient as possible. Home appliances that are well looked after will cost less to run and have a longer life span, meaning energy savings on an ongoing basis.

Streamline Your Cooking Technique
A bit of forward planning goes a long way. By cooking more than one dish at a time in an oven and using the heat after to keep food warm, you can optimise your energy savings.

For gas ovens, the heat is relatively instant and does not need to be turned on until you need it. Check recipes for pre-heating time and only turn the oven on ahead if you need to. Keep lids on pans and dishes to retain heat on both the hob or in the oven, as this will use less power.

Put your Freezer in its Place
Try not to place your fridge or freezer in a kitchen ‘hot spot’ if you can help it. Siting a refrigerated appliance next to a source of heat, such as an oven or heater, will cause it to work harder than it needs to, expending more energy and inflating your electric bills.

Full loads = savings
Used wisely, dishwashers can save power and water. Wait until you have a full load before running a cycle, and try not pre-rinsing, you’ll save water and power. Running the occasional empty cycle every few months is advisable though, to clear any detergent build-up in the hoses.

That’s your first five tips from our power-smart top ten – Re visit for the next five on Monday, including some fabulous FREE devices to help you save energy and water!

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