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Purchasing an ENERGY STAR qualified product is one step towards cutting energy costs. Here are some additional tips to get the most efficient performance out of your home appliances:

Refrigerators and Freezers

  • Do not position your refrigerator or freezer in close proximity to a heat source, such as an oven, dishwasher, or large window that catches direct sunlight.

  • Always make sure to close the doors tightly after use. Your refrigerator should cool food, not your kitchen.

  • Avoid window shopping: minimize the amount of time the doors are open to prevent cold air from escaping.

  • Let hot food cool down before placing it inside your refrigerator to keep your compressor from working overtime.

Washing Machines

  • Leave the door open for an hour or two after use to release the moisture inside.

  • Whenever possible, use cold water to wash most loads. Nearly 90% of the energy used by your washer is spent heating water. The lower the temperature, the higher the savings. Even switching from hot to warm can cut energy use in half.

  • Always try to wash full loads. Your machine uses nearly the same amount of energy for every sized washing, so get the most out of each cycle without overloading.

  • Follow the directions on your detergent box. Using too much will create excess suds, decreasing the wash and rinse performance and possibly causing mechanical problems in the future. HE (High Efficiency) detergent is your best choice.


  • Run your dishwasher with a full load. Since there is no way to regulate the amount of water used per cycle, avoid waste and maximize efficiency by cleaning more items each time.

  • If you must pre-rinse, use cold water. Your dishwasher will do a thorough job of cleaning off residue, so there is no need to use extra energy in heating water before running your unit.