Learning Your Appliances
June 3, 2023
Did you know the combined use of large appliances like dishwashers, stoves, clothes dryers, and washing machines accounts for the largest percentage of electricity in an average U.S. home? Most U.S. homes use up to 4,100 watts of energy. But did you also know that small appliances like toasters, microwaves, and blenders also use a good amount of energy? Start taking small steps to save energy by checking out our appliance calculator on union-power.com to determine how to save money and energy.
Refrigerators. Try to avoid using automatic ice makers and drink dispensers. This handy feature can cause wear and tear on the motor, causing more breakdowns and leaks, which could increase your energy usage. If you have an extra refrigerator or freezer, try consolidating all your items into one. Multiple refrigerators or freezers may be handy, but additional storage can significantly increase energy costs.
Stoves. Selecting an efficient stove is very important. Today, induction stoves are becoming more reliable and efficient than traditional electric or gas. Induction stoves provide automatic shut-off, hot burner warning lights, and faster cooking times. Even though induction stoves are more expensive, they will save you money and energy in the future.
- If you are content with your appliances and do not plan on buying new ones, you can still practice energy-saving behaviors that cut your energy usage:
- Match the size of the pan to the heating element while cooking on the stovetop.
- Set the refrigerator and freezer to recommended temperatures. The refrigerator recommends 35° – 38°F for fresh food and 0°F for the separated freezer for long-term storage.
- Reduce the number of times opening the refrigerator door.
- Always keep the top-range burners and reflectors clean.
- Cooking small meals? Cooking meals on smaller appliances rather than a large stove or oven can help with energy usage. For example, a toaster oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a full-sized oven.
Investing in your home’s energy is rewarding in the long run. Purchasing new appliances or taking small steps to improve your energy use can help you save money and energy in the future.