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Appliances Tips

Refrigerator Tips

  • At one time, refrigerators were the most costly appliance, using the most energy. However, newer model refrigerators are much more energy efficient, costing less to operate.
  • Refrigerators with top freezer boxes are more energy-efficient than those with freezer boxes on the bottom.
  • Refrigerators with freezer boxes on the top or bottom are more energy-efficient than side-freezer models.
  • Refrigerator/freezers with through-the-door ice dispensers are less energy-efficient than those without..
  • Try not to leave the door of your refrigerator open. The longer it is open, the more cold air escapes, forcing the refrigerator to cool down the interior temperature more often.
  • Typically, refrigerators keep their interiors at 41 °F. Many have different compartments with different .
  • Temperatures, 50 °F for vegetables and 32 °F for meats. To better preserve your food and prevent spoiling, make use of your refrigerators different compartments, storing foods in appropriate are

Dishwasher Tips

  • Some items are not designed for dishwasher use.
  • Lead Crystal can be irreversibly damaged if put in the dishwasher.
  • Your dishwasher may discolor aluminum pots or pans.
  • The chemicals in your dishwashing detergent may damage pan coating; such as that found on saucepans.
  • Never put antiques in the dishwasher, as the hot water and chemicals will fade or eat away at glaze.
  • Sterling silver and pewter will dull in the heat of the dishwasher.
  • Your dishwasher is likely to rust cast iron.
  • Anything soiled by wax, cigarette ash or anything toxic should not be put in the dishwasher as it
    will contaminate the rest of the load.
  • Any glued items, such as some cutlery handles or wooden cutting boards may melt in the heat of
    the dishwasher.
  • temperatures, 50 °F for vegetables and 32 °F for meats. To better preserve your food and prevent spoiling, make use of your refrigerators different compartments, storing foods in appropriate areas
  • Always make sure your plastic items are dishwasher safe.
  • Dishwashers should only be used to wash normal household items, cutlery, kitchenware, cups etc.
  • When in doubt, wash it by hand.

Range Tips

  • To make the most out of your stove or range, make sure you purchase high quality pans that heat evenly.
  • Many stove-top recipes call for meals to be cooked in a single pan, mixing ingredients and flavors, saving time and energy.
  • If you use an electric range, remember the heating element can be shut off early. Account for the time it takes your stove to cool down.
  • If boiling water on your range, remember it will come to a boil faster with a lid on the pot.
  • Always use range burners that most closely fit the size of your pot or pan. When cooking on a stove, this helps to heat the pan evenly.
  • When cooking soups on the stove or your range, remember frozen vegetables do not need to be defrosted. Simply throw them in the pot.

Washer Tips

  • Unlike clothes dryers, washing machines vary greatly between brands and models in terms of energy efficiency.
  • Front loading washers use less energy as well as less water to wash a load of clothes.
  • Front loading washing machines do not have a central agitator, allowing more room for clothes.
  • Fill your washer. Washing a light load of clothes uses roughly the same amount of water and energy as a heavy load. Wash as much as your washing machine can handle without overfilling it.
  • Check the settings on your washer. Most washing machines have multiple heat settings. Since most of the energy use during a wash comes from heating the water, wash in cold water when appropriate.
  • If you’re using a new front loading washer, leave the door open for an hour or two after a wash.
  • Newer washing machines are designed to be air tight and water will not evaporate with the door shut.