Appliance Repair Service Provides Energy Saving Tips for Consumers
Appliance Repair Man Explains Energy Star Rating for Appliances: Every appliance has two prices: the sticker price, and the one you pay to run the appliance year-round. Considering that a minor expense today could translate into huge savings tomorrow, you’ll want to know your options before buying your next major home appliance.
So what appliances are energy-efficient? ENERGY STAR certified appliances (a joint program between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] and the U.S. Department of Energy) are ones that use less energy. In 2007, Americans bought enough ENERGY STAR appliances to limit emissions equivalent to green house gases from 27 million cars — all the while saving $16 billion on their utility bills, or roughly one-third their annual utility cost (source: ENERGY STAR).
If you’re trying to both increase efficiency and boost the resale value of your home, look for machines that have earned the ENERGY STAR label, meaning they have met strict energy-efficiency guidelines. It’s also important to check the Energy Guide labels on appliances to see consumption rates for that model expressed in annual kilowatt hours and the approximate annual cost of running the appliance.
Bob Dougherty of Fleet Appliance Repair, Suffolk County, Long Island says appliances account for a fair percentage of a household’s annual electricity use. Since most of our nation’s electricity is generated from fossil fuels (such as coal and natural gas), which contribute to global warming and air and water pollution, replacing older appliances with more efficient Energy Star-rated models can go a long way toward reducing your environmental impact. However, these appliances are only as efficient as the person using them. No matter what model appliance you own, there are easy ways to make sure it is using as little electricity as possible:
• Keep your refrigerator away from heat sources (including dishwashers, ovens, heating vents, and direct sunlight), which cause it to work harder to keep its contents cold.
• Leave a few inches of space behind the refrigerator to ensure proper air circulation around the condenser coils, and vacuum the coils at least once a year.
• Open the door as little as possible to minimize the amount of cold air that escapes.
• Don’t keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold, which can waste energy. Recommended temperatures are between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit (ºF) for refrigerators and 5 ºF for freezers.
• Keep the refrigerator and freezer full to better retain the cold. If your refrigerator is fairly empty, store water-filled containers inside.
• Run the dishwasher only when it is full (but don’t overfill it).
• Choose the air-dry option instead of heat-dry. If your machine does not have an air-dry option, simply open the door when the final rinse cycle is complete
• Check to see if your dishwasher has an internal heater (which heats incoming water to 140 ºF or higher). If it does, you can lower your home’s water heater temperature to 120 ºF
• Use cold water for washing and rinsing clothes to reduce electricity use by up to 90 percent. If you must use hot water for a wash, use cold water for the rinse cycle.
• Wash full loads of laundry as much as possible. Wash smaller loads only if you can select a lower water level.
• Use your washer’s high-speed spin cycle to extract the most moisture possible from your clothing, which will reduce drying time.
• Dry heavier and lighter items separately to reduce overall drying time.
• Dryer vents clog and should be checked and cleaned annually if needed. They should also have the proper material installed to prevent fires. Also clean the internal lint filter after every load. This will reduce drying time and save energy.
• Whenever possible, dry multiple loads of laundry in a row—each subsequent load will use the residual heat from the previous load. Use the cool-down cycle for the last load to allow the clothes to finish drying with residual heat.
This article was written by Bob Dougherty, owner of Fleet Appliance Repair. Bob provides the following appliance repair services:
Cooktop Repair, Dishwasher Repair, Dryer Repair, Freezer Repair, Ice Maker Repair, Microwave Repair, Oven Repair, Range Hood Repair, Refrigerator Repair, Stove Repair, Trash Compactor Repair, Washing Machine Repair, Wine Cabinet Repair, Appliance Repair, Admiral Repair, Amana Repair, Asko Repair, Caloric Repair, Electrolux Repair, Fisher & Paykel Repair, Frigidaire Repair, GE Repair, Hotpoint Repair, Jenn-Air Repair, Kenmore Repair, Kitchenaid Repair, Marvel Repair, Maytag Repair, Norge Repair, Northland Repair, Roper Repair, Samsung Repair, Scotsman Repair, SpeedQueen Repair, Sub-Zero Repair, Tappan Repair, Viking Repair, Whirlpool Repair, White Westinghouse Repair
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