Quick Tips - Appliances, Electronics


Your refrigerator and dryer -- use them wisely to save energy

Appliances and electronics may consume more than 20 percent of the energy you use. Here are some tips to ensure you use these devices as efficiently as possible.

  • Wash and dry only full loads of clothes.
  • Use cold water, if possible, when washing clothes.
  • Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every load.
  • Dry loads back-to-back to take advantage of the heat build-up in the dryer.
  • Use dryer balls to lift and separate laundry items, allowing hot air to circulate more effectively and reducing drying time.
  • Save cleaning chores until after dark. Appliances emit heat, raising the temperature in your home and boosting air conditioner use.
  • Consider a natural gas dryer for greater heating efficiency. Take advantage of our Natural Gas Rebates.
  • Don't open the refrigerator door repeatedly and don’t leave it open for extended periods. Every time your refrigerator opens, cool air escapes and must be replaced.
  • Replace your old fridge with an energy-efficient model.  
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on any new appliance. Check the yellow Energy Guide label when making a purchase.