The US Department of Energy (DOE) advises residents to save energy by altering their appliance use patterns.
For example, by just cleaning full loads in your machine and using cold water configurations wherever necessary, you could save costs on your power, gas, and water bills. During the summer months, you could air dry your clothes instead of using the dryer.
Below are 5 tips for replacing high-energy appliances with more efficient versions:
1. Choose an appliance with energy-saving abilities.
Dishwashers ought to have energy-saving features. If the plates are just slightly dirty, a light scrub would suffice; a full-powered wash cycle will waste more energy and water than is required. When using an “eco” (or “energy saver”) setup, you can save energy and water while still being able to do a thorough cleaning when necessary. A related configuration can exist in washing machines, but it’s less important in this case—you can create your own “power saver” solution by using cold water and a “light duty” or “hand wash” method.
2. Glance at the energy guide label
Appliances that are Energy Star certified have a unique …