By maintaining your appliances within your home they will last longer and they will run more efficiently helping you save money and also help save the environment by creating less waste and lower fuel/electricity consumption.
The Water Heater
- Make sure the setting is not overheating the water. You want to make sure that the setting is set for 120 degrees. Always check the units owner manual. Anything below 115 degrees could create an environment within the heater that mold can grow.
- Wrap the first 6 feet of the water pipe that leads out of the heater in insulating foam
- Wrap the heater itself with an insulating foil blanket. You want to be careful that when you install this blanket that you do not block any controls and vents.
Clothes Washer and Dryer
- Wash your clothes in cold water. Only wash your towels, sheets in hot water particularly if someone is your house is sick
- Do the laundry only when you have a full load
- If it is possible you should line dry your clothes
- Use an iron when the clothes are still a little damp. Use a spray bottle to dampen clothes. Do not use the steam setting on the iron because the of the amount of energy required heat the water to make steam.
If you use an energy star dishwasher (www.energystar.gov) your dishwasher can save several thousand gallons of fresh water per year. Always check the owners manual for when it needs to be cleaned.
- Run the dishwasher when it is full.
- Consult the owners manual to see the most efficient way to load the dishwasher.
- Skip the pre-rinse if the dishwasher can clean the dishes without this setting.
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