Save Energy, and Money, around the House via More Efficient Appliances

Washington, DC The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) has compiled some simple energy savings tips for those looking for ways to cut their energy bills. For instance, replacing an eight-year-old refrigerator, dishwasher and clothes washer with new appliances of average efficiency will save about $95.00 per year in energy bills due to the fact that these three appliances combined account for a 43% decrease in energy consumption since 2000. And replacing an eight-year-old clothes washer alone will save more than $60.00 in electricity costs and nearly 5,000 gallons of water per year. Additional savings can be obtained by purchasing ENERGY STAR appliances.

Other energy-savings tips from AHAM include the following:

  • If you are replacing your refrigerator, do not use the old refrigerator as a second refrigerator. This will not yield energy savings. Properly recycle the appliance. To find recycling options in your area, call 1-800-YES-1-CAN.
  • Allow hot foods to cool before placing them in the refrigerator, and always cover foods that may release moisture in the refrigerator.
  • Limit opening the refrigerator and freezer doors. Label foods or use clear food storage bags to easily identify foods.
  • Scrape, but do not pre-rinse, dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Dishwashers do a great job of cleaning soiled dishes.
  • Take advantage of a dishwasher’s “eco” option, which reduces water use, or use a no-heat, air-dry feature.
  • Use load-size settings. If washing a small load of clothing, be sure to change the load setting. Use cold water settings whenever possible.
  • Always clean the lint filter on the clothes dryer after each use. A clogged filter will reduce dryer performance.

More information on energy savings can be found on AHAM’s website, www.aham.org.

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