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Earth Day Energy Saving Tips

April 18, 2013

With Earth Day just around the corner, it’s time to consider how we can do our part to reduce pollution and preserve energy. Every appliance, albeit helpful, contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, but we can substantially reduce pollution by managing our habits and maintaining our equipment. To that end, Fleet Appliance offers some useful tips that will help curb climate change while yielding savings on every energy bill.

Purchase Energy Star Compliant Appliances

The Environmental Protection Agency developed the Energy Star program in 1992 to promote energy efficiency. Energy Star appliances typically reduce energy consumption by 10-20%. A home full of them will enjoy substantial savings over those without.

Change Filters & Clean Vents Often

Clogged vents and filters reduce appliance efficiency. Obstructions make appliances work harder, leading to accelerated component wear and eventually breakdown. Regularly replace filters and clean vents to avoid this. Some appliances can even be upgraded with accessories that remind you to change filters.

Appliances that may have filters include:

  •     Air Conditioners
  •     Air Purifiers
  •     Dryers
  •     Refrigerators
  •     Furnaces
  •     Humidifiers / Dehumidifiers
  •     Dishwashers

You also want to keep refrigerator condenser coils clean. Condenser coils dissipate heat, but if they’re dirty the compressor struggles to keep pace. To learn more, read our refrigerator maintenance tips.

Upgrade Older Components & Replace Broken Ones

Old parts cannot compare to new ones that take advantage of recent advances in technology. For example, a thermostat from the ‘70s will not control temperature as well as one made within the last decade. Replacing old parts can also go a long way in improving the lifespan of your appliance.

Broken components should also be replaced as soon as possible. Faulty fridge seals reduce internal temperatures, punctured tubes reduce washer flow (on top of leaking), and malfunctioning door latches prevent coolers and dishwashers from sealing properly; these are but a few of problems you may encounter. Replacing faulty components is the only way to fix them. For replacement parts, visit our Parts Store.

Use Appropriate Settings

Most appliances operate on expectations encountered in an “average” household, but they may not reflect your own usage habits. To avoid excess energy consumption, configure your appliance to run at the minimum setting necessary to complete the job. Hot water devours energy, so use cold water cycles in washers and dishwashers when possible. Also, consider the following tips:

  • Fridge & Freezers
    • If frost builds in your freezer, or liquids in the fridge come close to freezing (or actually do), you may want to slightly reduce the temperature.
  • Dishwashers:
    • Use lower water levels with smaller loads.
    • Avoid heated drying if dishes will idle long enough to drip dry. Leaving the door open may also help.
  • Washers
    • Use shorter spin cycles for lighter loads.
    • Avoid over stuffing which reduces the efficacy of your detergent, may necessitate additional cycles, and can even damage components.
  • Heaters
    • Try reducing thermometers by a few degrees. Every degree can yield substantial annual savings.
    • Reduce or disable heating in unoccupied rooms and close doors to prevent heat loss.
  • Cooking Ranges
    • Use lids, which reduce cooking time.
    • Use burners that fit your pots and pans.
    • Use a microwave when reasonable, as they consume far less energy.

We hope these tips help you save money on top of their great positive effect for the environment. To learn how Fleet Appliance can help you reduce energy costs and extend your appliances’ lifespan, call us at (631) 286-7899.

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