Saving Money and Energy on Home Appliance
Did you know that you can also help save the environment by using your home appliances efficiently? The dishwasher is one appliance that uses less energy than manually doing the dishes. Dishwashers are very efficient devices and they use less water than we do when we stand over the sink. Using dishwashers also clean your dishes a lot better. But when using a dishwasher, you need to bear a few things in mind like:
Use the dishwasher with a full load but do not overload it. It will work at its best and provide you with the greatest savings.
Instead of rinsing off the plate to remove food waste with water, scrape it off.
Check the manual and set the dishwasher to the lowest heat level.
Don’t use the rinse function because it could use up seven gallons of hot water. You won’t need it anyway.
Before buying a dishwasher or you want to replace your old dishwasher, make sure it is Energy Star Rated. You could save up to 33% off your bill. An Energy Star Rated dishwasher uses at least 40% less energy than an old dishwasher.
You can also save in your heating bills by setting your water heater to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Reset it lower to 120 degrees yet you still get all the benefits with your heating costs dropping up to 10%. The environment will also benefit from lower energy consumption.
You can also use a tankless water heater because a tank-based water heating system can suffer from standby heat loss because the water tank has to have hot water at all times. But it simply waits for you to need it most of the time. if you don’t need the hot water, the system cycles between heating the water and then waiting for it to cool down to the point where it needs to reheat again.
A tankless water heater only heats up whenever there’s a demand for hot water. Water pipes are directly heated when hot water tap is on and the water keeps on heating until you turn it off. Using a tankless water heater saves you money while reducing its negative impact on the environment. Though it may be a bit expensive to install a tankless water heater, you’ll get your money back within a year or so. After some time, you can expect up to 50% in savings on your water heating bills annually.
Insulating your entire water system is also one good way of going green and saving money. Insulate your water heater tank using an insulating blanket to save a ton of carbon dioxide emissions. It will help save you money also. Insulate the pipes leaving the tank too.
Your washing machine consumes 90% of energy heating up the water. You can save on energy by using a cold-water detergent and setting it to cold or warm water if possible. If discount rates are given by utility companies during off-peak hours, run your washing machine and other appliances during these times. If all the washing machines in the country use cold water, clothes would be as clean and we would save 1% on carbon dioxide emissions, that’s about 30 million tons of carbon dioxide.
Also use all-natural household cleaning products. You may not know it but the household cleaning products that you’ve been using for years are packed with harmful toxins that may affect your family’s health. Fabric softeners for example, may make your clothes smell clean but they contain damaging toxins that are released into the environment.
Don’t use a dryer and choose a traditional yet budget-free method. Use a clothes line and air-dry your clothes like what your grandmother use to do. This method not only works. It’s free. It doesn’t harm the environment and not a single drop of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gas escape from clothes by drying them on a line.
Another way to save energy at home is to not keep your refrigerator too cold. The ideal temperature of your refrigerator is between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If your refrigerator has a freezer compartment make sure to keep it at 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Ice buildup can also waste so much money and energy. Thus, you need to defrost it regularly. Also ensure that your refrigerator door seal is working properly. Never leave any food or liquids uncovered inside the fridge. A fridge may have a burning effect on uncovered foods and may release moisture. It will make the compressor work harder, using up more energy and can make your bills shoot up.