If you’re like a lot of homeowners in Kelowna with big appliances, you might not pay attention to how much electricity and money they may cost you every month. But with energy costs rising, you might be surprised at how much you save with some simple changes.
If you’ve been to a Kelowna appliance store lately, you’ve probably spotted that Energy Star label which tells you that new and improved stove, for example, is an energy efficient appliance.
Buying an Energy Star approved appliance is a sure way to decrease your energy bill, but there are also some everyday usage tips you can use to make a noticeable dent in your electricity costs.
Ways you can be more efficient with your fridge:
If your kitchen layout will afford it, move your refrigerator away from the stove and any other appliances that generate heat. That way, your fridge won’t have to work as hard to keep its temperature cool. You can also move your fridge out of direct sunlight to see big savings over the course of a year.
If you need a new fridge, decide if you really need yours to dispense ice or cold water. While convenient, these features can increase your energy use by as much as 20 per cent.
Store produce such as potatoes and onions somewhere cool in your basement to give your fridge a bit of a break but safely cool veggies.
Ways you can be more efficient with your dishwasher:
Switching to a new Energy Star dishwasher leads to real savings. These new models use 25 per cent less energy.
Explore the options on your dishwasher for drying and rinsing instead of using the auto settings. Use air dry instead heat dry, and employ the rinse hold and pre-rinse features. You can also just open the door so your dishes can air dry at no cost after the final rinse.
Always, always, only run your dishwasher when it’s full. Your dishwasher takes up heaps of energy just heating the water, but you can’t reduce the amount of water going in like you can on the clothes washer, so the best way to be efficient with your dishwasher is by waiting until it’s full to run it.
If you have a small household but you love the convenience of a dishwasher, consider a compact version for energy savings on small loads.
Ways you can be more efficient with your washer and dryer:
Wash your clothes in cold water. Detergents now accommodate the green laundry movement and offer the same cleaning strength in cold water formulas. You’ll save so much energy not heating your laundry water.
Just like with your dishwasher, you can be more efficient when you operate your clothes washer when you’re running full loads.
For the ultimate in savings, invest in an Energy Star approved washer. Some models use almost 100 litres less water than older washers. Plus, they extract more water in the spin stage so you won’t have to dry your clothes so long.
In the summer, hang a laundry line or a rack in the sun. Your clothes will smell fresh and feel warm in no time. If you live in a condo where you’re not allowed to hang clothes on your balcony, try a rack in front of a sunny window. By morning, you might only need to let them have a quick tumble.
Looking to go really green? Learn more about The Urban Cultivator, the garden disguised as a kitchen appliance.
When you’re looking for an energy efficient appliance, Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon homeowners turn to the trusted experts at Genier’s Appliances for the best service and selection.