It’s no secret that household appliances use up a lot of energy. Refrigerators, washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers all require a lot of energy and although you can't totally eliminate their consumption, you can reduce it.
We all need to be conscious of how we use energy at home. Here are tips on how you can minimise costs and save energy when using key appliances:
Dishwashers burn through a very precious resource: water. You need to maximise each wash cycle by making sure it’s full and not using scalding hot water. Try to also run the dishwasher after the last meal to get as full of a load as possible. A good water and energy saving tip is to not run the dishwasher when you’re running the washing machine.
Your refrigerator is a major appliance and plays an important role in your household by keeping foods cold and preventing them from spoiling.
To reduce the amount of energy your fridge uses make sure the temperature is neither too cold nor too warm. If your refrigerator is kept colder than it needs to be, it consumes unnecessary energy. If it's kept too warm your food spoils. It's also a good idea to keep your fridge stocked. An empty fridge burns unnecessary energy.
What many people don’t know is that a dirty refrigerator can increase energy consumption as well. Keep the interior of your refrigerator clean as well as the exterior and the underside. You might even consider downsizing to a mini fridge or a small refrigerator if you live alone. A smaller appliance will consume less energy and save you money.
The washing machine
Washing machines are a necessity in most households and are used twice a week depending on the home size. Although it may be difficult to limit the use of this major appliance, there are still things you can do to reduce energy consumption. Wash your clothes on water saving mode and in cold water. It takes more energy to wash your clothing in warm or hot water and it wastes water to use more than you need. It's also a good idea to consider washing and drying your clothes using shorter cycles. This is particularly beneficial when it comes to dryers because they expend a lot of energy.
Always make sure your washing machine and dryer is kept clean. It will work much harder and burn more energy when clogged up.
Be proactive when it comes to controlling the amount of energy your household appliances use. It will help keep your energy bills under control and conserve precious resources like energy and water.
Fix the fault
Faulty appliances can waste a lot of electricity or even water if there are leaks in your washing machine or dishwasher. It’s important to always check if your appliances are working optimally, and if not, get them repaired immediately. Contact Easyfix and have a technical expert come and inspect and repair your appliances. Better yet, invest in an Easyfix Maintenance Plan to protect you from unexpected appliance and electronic repair costs.