Here are some energy saving tips for your home:
- You can save up to an average of a third of your gas use if you have a gas oven or range with an automatic (electronic) ignition system rather than a unit with an open flame pilot light.
- When boiling water, cover the pot, you will heat the water faster and save energy.
- When using your stovetop make sure the pan size matches the heating element size. This will prevent loosing heat if the pot is too small for the burner.
- Pre-heating your oven generally wastes energy and money, so unless required consider skipping the pre-heat.
- If you have an extra freezer in the basement, make sure you keep it full if it is running. It costs more to keep air cold than to keep the contents.
- Check the condenser coils on your appliance a couple of times a year and make sure they are clean. Appliance with dirty coils generally consume more energy.
- Keep an eye on your door seals of your refrigerator and freezer. If the seal is not working properly and air is escaping, you may want to repair or replace.
- Before you store leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer, let them cool down. This will prevent your refrigerator from having to cool them down.
- Always cover foods, even more so liquids, prior to storing them in the refrigerator; sometimes moisture can enter the refrigerator and cause the refrigerator to work harder and use more energy.
Remember, these tips are only general guidelines. Every situation is different, so contact a professional for specific questions. If you have a tip to share, you are welcome to submit a post. Have a great day!