Cut Down on Your Use
All of the appliances in your home cost money to run, but there are steps you can take to cut down on your usage, while saving your comfort, and money, all at the same time.
- Use your major appliances, like the washing machine and dishwasher, during nonpeak hours. For example, during summer months, washing your clothes after 8 p.m. may save energy, water, and money. Check with Delmarva Power to find out what the peak times are in your area.
- Turn off the dishwasher before the drying cycle and let the dishes air dry.
- Even if you are using the appliances in your home the most efficient way, they could still be costing your family more money and energy than necessary. Replace your old, inefficient appliances with those that have the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR-certified products use less energy and can save your family money in operating costs.
- Clean the dryer lint trap after every load and wait to do laundry until you have a full load.
- Save energy tonight by cooking dinner on the grill instead of in the oven or on the stove top.
- Did you know your small appliances continue to drain energy even after they are turned off? To avoid spending energy on your appliances that are off, be sure to unplug your computer, TV, CD players, video game consoles, and other small appliances from their power source.
- Do you have an under-used or nearly empty refrigerator or freezer? Unplug it until it is being used again and at full capacity. An empty refrigerator actually uses more energy to cool than a full one does.
- If you have a fireplace in your home, check to see if the damper is open or closed. A damper left open when the heating or cooling system is on will allow heated or cooled air to escape up the chimney.
All savings tips are derived from ENERGY STAR® and Energy.gov.