As heating costs begin to rise, it’s nice to find ways to save money in other areas of our home. There are a few things we can do to reduce our energy usage, which in turn will save us money. Here are few things to try:
Wash your dishes in the dishwasher but let them air dry.
A dishwasher uses more energy to dry dishes than to wash them. If your dishwasher doesn’t have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open to let moisture escape.
Don’t preheat the oven.
Preheating isn’t necessary to cook food thoroughly except when food requires high temperatures and slow cooking times.
Clean refrigerator coils twice a year (more often if you have pets).
Condenser coils are located at the bottom or rear of your refrigerator. If dust and dirt accumulates on them, as much as 25 percent more energy is required to maintain the proper temperature. I’m really curious to know if anyone has cleaned their refrigerator coils before!