Appendix 4: Appliances Checklist

CLOTHES WASHER

  disfavor whites
[white textiles use hot water]

  wear clothes more than once
[cuts laundry loads; ups garment lives]

  wash full loads only
[fewer loads = lower bills]

  wash in cold water
[use hot water for whites or heavily soiled; still use cold for rinses]

  use shorter wash cycles
[lightly soiled fabrics need only 6 minutes; pre-treat or presoak dirty items]

  cut back on extra rinses

  wash off peak
[if utility charges less at certain times]

  follow owner’s manual

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CLOTHES DRYER

  favor fast-drying clothes
[lightweight fabrics dry fast]

  use clothes lines
[put outside or in shower]

  use drying racks

  use plastic hangers
[for extra drying capacity]

  use dryer’s moisture sensor
[reduces wasteful over-drying]

  dry off peak
[if it costs less at certain times]

  tumble press
[if clothes stiffen when air dried, run them in dryer 5 minutes]

  dry several loads in a row
[dryer won’t have to reheat]

  clean lint traps and vents
[increases dryer efficiency]

  follow owner’s manual

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DISHWASHER

  avoid hand washing dishes
[most studies conclude machines do the job for less]

  avoid pre-rinsing
[try soaking dishes in cold water instead]

  run full loads only
[fewer loads = lower bills]

  wash off-peak
[if it costs less at certain times]

  use energy saving modes
[all newer models have them]

  air dry
[heating elements consume energy; air doesn’t]

  check filters and drains
[assures peak efficiency]

  follow owner’s manual

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REFRIGERATOR FREEZER

  use energy saving modes

  set fridge to 37°-40°F
[test temps with thermometer in  glass of water]

  set freezers to 5°F
[test temps with thermometer]

  turn off the ice maker
[if there’s enough ice]

  stock them full
[they consume less energy]

  keep doors closed
[remove items promptly]

  keep hot foods out
[let leftovers cool to room temp]

  keep foods covered
[uncovered foods release moisture, humid air costs more to cool]

  vacuum coils regularly
[dust bunnies suck energy]

  maintain gaskets
[leaking seals cut efficiency]

  follow owner’s manual

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STOVETOP

  boil water elsewhere
[electric kettles, microwaves use less energy, boil there then transfer to stovetop]

  run the microwave
[uses less energy than stovetop]

  use hot plates for small jobs
[ditto]

  use smaller cookware
[big pots take more energy]

  cook with flat bottoms only
[warped bases cost more to heat]

  use the right sized burner
[oversized burners waste energy]

  use vent fans sparingly
[crack windows open]

  turn burners off early
[use residual heat to finish cooking]

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OVEN

  use alternatives
[slow cookers, toaster ovens, microwaves, pressure cookers use less energy]

  preheat sparingly
[prepare first, then preheat]

  bake double batches
[cheaper than running oven twice]

  keep the door closed
[meat thermometer near oven window shows temperature without letting heat escape]

  leave the door open
[in winter, leave oven door open after cooking to help heat kitchen]

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