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2. You can navigate though the slides by clicking the appliance. General Small Appliances Refrigerators Dishwashers Ranges and Ovens Washers and Dryers Water Heater and Water Use Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers Lighting Central Air Conditioners Room Air Conditioners FansTo return to the Index Page you can clickTo find additional Info you can clickfor a link. 3. Energy star products.Energy saving tips reference.Maintaining the appliances.BBC lighting planning tips.Energy.gov 4. Energy Saving TipsSource: Energy Star Products 5. Purchase an Energy Star Model. Energy saving models can save you hundreds of dollars over the life expectancy of the appliance and can help reduce the temperature of your house. You can find additional information at their page about its partners and strategies. When buying a product, search for the label.Energy Saving Tips: General 6. Clean or replace the appliance filter. Clogged filters impair performance of the unit and makes them work more. This causes the need for more energy to run the appliance and also it affects the life expectancy of the product.Energy Saving Tips: General 7. Maintaining the unit appliance helps to maintain the units effectiveness. This means that they can work requiring the least amount of energy input possible.Periodically inspect the unit.Replace or refill fluids, lubrication alignment in order to increase useful life. Energy Saving Tips: Generalor 8. Periodically check the air vent and hoses for clogging. Not only does this makes the appliance run more effectively but it prevents fire hazards.Energy Saving Tips: General 9. Select the right size for the appliance. Consider the required output that is needed for the house. An appliance too big for household necessities will result in a waste of energy.Energy Saving Tips: General 10. Using the maximum load capacity of an appliance reduces the frequency in which an appliance is used.Source: LG Energy Saving Tips: General 11. Some appliances such as ranges, ovens, dryers and heaters can use natural gas. The appliance might cost some more but natural gas is less expensive than electricity and heats faster and more efficiently.Energy Saving Tips: General 12. Energy Saving Tips 13. Cook with small appliances for specialized jobs if you have an electric range stove helps save electricity.Energy Saving Tips: Small Appliances 14. If you have an electric range or stove, using the microwave shortens cooking time, which saves energy.Energy Saving Tips: Small Appliances 15. Run cold water for disposal. Not only does it save heating energy but it solidifies grease, which makes it easier to run through the pipes.Energy Saving Tips: Small Appliances 16. Energy Saving Tips 17. Older refrigerators and freezers use two to three times more electricity than the ones that are 10 years old or less.Energy Saving Tips: Refrigerators 18. Do not set the temperature colder than necessary. Optimal temperatures range between 36 to 42 degrees Fahrenheit for refrigerators and -5 to 6 degrees Fahrenheit for freezers.Energy Saving Tips: Refrigerators 19. Defrost regularly. Excessive frost can lead to the unit working harder.Check the seals in the door to prevent the heat to enter the system and increase temperature. If the seals are broken, replace or repair.Energy Saving Tips: Refrigerators 20. Place the unit away from direct sunlight or other heat sources.Do not install the refrigerator near an oven, radiator, or other heat source, nor in a location where the temperature will fall below 55F (13C).Make your height measurement from the lowest portion of your cupboard down to the floor. Energy Saving Tips: Refrigerators 21. Increase proper ventilation on the back of the refrigerator in order to improve the thermodynamic refrigeration cycle.To ensure proper ventilation for your refrigerator, allow for 1/2" (1.25 CM) space on each side and at the top. When installing your refrigerator next to a fixed wall, leave 2" (5.08 CM) minimum on each side (depending on your model) to allow for the door to swing open.If your refrigerator has an ice maker, allow extra space at the back for the water line connections. Energy Saving Tips: Refrigerators 22. Energy Saving Tips 23. Select the shortest cycle available that effectively cleans your dishes. Shorter cycles uses less hot water and electric energy.Energy Saving Tips: Dishwashers 24. Skip rinsing the dishes before loading them in the dishwasher. Rinsing dishes before loading them into the dishwasher wastes water and energy. If you do rinse, use cold water.Energy Saving Tips: Dishwashers 25. Energy Saving Tips 26. Reduce the heat. Start in a higher heat setting until liquid begins to boil. Then, lower the temperature and simmer the food.Use retained heat. Turning off the oven a few minutes before and use retained heat to finish cooking the food.Check the oven temperature. Energy Saving Tips: Ranges and Ovens 27. Do not peek in the oven to avoid dropping the temperature inside.Put a lid on the containers when cooking them to maximize efficiency.Energy Saving Tips: Ranges and Ovens 28. Check the seals in the door to prevent the heat to escape out the system. If the seals are broken, replace or repair.Energy Saving Tips: Ranges and Ovens 29. Energy Saving Tips 30. If you have a washer that allows you to control the water level, adjust the level according to laundry size.Wash laundry in warm or cold water. Rinse laundry in cold water.Energy Saving Tips: Washers and Dryers 31. Dont dry clothes excessively. Drying laundry excessively uses more energy than is needed, and is hard on fabrics. If you purchase a dryer, get one with an electronic sensor that shuts off the dryer when clothes are dry.Energy Saving Tips: Washers and Dryers 32. Place the washer close to the water heater. Water loses heat as it flows through pipes. When the washer is located near the water heater, hot water doesnt have to travel as far to reach the washer, and less heat is lost. Insulating the pipes between the water heater and washer helps retain heat.Energy Saving Tips: Washers and Dryers 33. Energy Saving Tips 34. Install a water softener. Prevent mineral deposits from coating the elements of the water heater. Not only does this saves energy and money but it prolongs the water heater life.Energy Saving Tips: Water Heater and Water Use 35. Use low-flow showerheads on all showers and faucet aerators to reduce the hot water use.Energy Saving Tips: Water Heater and Water Use 36. Reduce deposits and build-ups. Drain water from the bottom of the water heater once or twice a year to reduce the mineral deposits and sediment buildup. This increases the efficiency of the heater and avoids corrosion over time.Energy Saving Tips: Water Heater and Water Use 37. Install a heat loop or in-line trap. If you add a new water heater to your home, consider having a heat loop or in-line trap installed. These mechanisms can be inexpensive to install and keep hot water from moving into the piping system when you are not using hot water.Energy Saving Tips: Water Heater and Water Use 38. Repair dripping faucets promptly. It may not look like much but one drop a second can waste up to 48 gallons a week. If this water was heated it means that the energy used to heat the water for your use is being wasted.Energy Saving Tips: Water Heater and Water Use 39. Set the water temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the temperature required for most of household needs for hot water.Energy Saving Tips: Water Heater and Water Use 40. Install your heater close to the kitchen so it does not loose heat as it flows through the water pipes.Insulate water pipes to help the water flow around the house without loosing heat.Energy Saving Tips: Water Heater and Water Use 41. Energy Saving Tips 42. Remove moisture with a dehumidifier in warm, humid months. Less humidity helps you feel colder. This way you can save money by not spending electricity on an air conditioner.For colder months, using a humidifier to increase humidity and helps you feel warmer. This way you can save money by not spending electricity on a heater. Energy Saving Tips: Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers 43. Energy Saving Tips 44. Not every room needs the same amount of general light.Use natural lighting as much as possible.Position the lights properly. Try to illuminate the entire activity area without creating distracting glares or shadows. Energy Saving Tips: Lighting 45. Adjust the light level. Use the dimmer when necessary to adjust the light settings. A dimmed light consumes less energy.Control outdoor lighting. To assure only duskto-dawn operation, control your fixtures with a photocell or timer.Turn off the lights each time they are not needed. Energy Saving Tips: Lighting 46. Consider LED lighting. Avoid low life incandescent light bulbs that consumes high power.Use a single, high watt bulb rather than several low watt bulbs on your light fixtures.Energy Saving Tips: Lighting 47. Energy Saving TipsSource: energy.gov 48. Select an energy-efficient central air conditioner by looking at the SEER (seasonal energy efficient ratio) rating. The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit.Energy Saving Tips: Central Air Conditioners 49. Keep the thermostat clear of heat. Positioning heat producing devices could cause misreading in the thermostat and could cause excessive cooling and wasted energy.Keep the air conditioning unit away of the sun in order for it to work less and consume less energy. Energy Saving Tips: Central Air Conditioners 50. Replace coils. To maximize efficiency, change the indoor/outdoor compressor coils.Keep the condenser and filter clean. It is recommended to clean the filter monthly and replace it if needed. Keep the unit clean of debris.Energy Saving Tips: Central Air Conditioners 51. Plan the ventilation. Proper ventilation can help condition the house quicker and more effectively.Energy Saving Tips: Central Air Conditio