Energy (and Money) Saving Appliance Tips for the Summer

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While some of our fondest memories are made in the summer, one event we’re not crazy about is seeing the numbers on the energy bill go up.

Admittedly, a higher energy bill is to be expected. Hotter temperatures mean cranking up the AC, constant summer fun activities require more frequent laundry and dish loads, and the normally low energy-usage hours when the house is empty during the school year is now replaced with plugged in electronics from children on summer break.

However, just because our energy-usage circumstances change in the summer, doesn’t mean there aren’t small changes we can make to be proactive about lowering that energy bill.

samsung-refrigerator-food-showcaseTip #1: Rearrange Your Refrigerator

We tend to stock up on food in the summer, whether it’s microwavable snacks for the kids or taking advantage of the season’s newly ripe fruits and vegetables, but overloading your refrigerator ends up using more energy. Not only is the appliance having to work harder to keep all your items fresh, but overstocking the shelves blocks the circulation of cool air, leaving your fridge working double time.

Other small changes that make a difference are moving your refrigerator out of direct sunlight, and taking advantage of features that allow you to see the inside contents without opening the door such as glass viewing doors, or built-in cameras (as seen on select Samsung models).

dishesTip #2: Change Up the Dishwasher Settings

Hosting all those summer barbecues and dinner parties make for great fun but they also make for more dirty dishes. Make sure you’re washing full loads versus frequent half loads and take advantage of advanced features like eco cycles, cold water selections, and opt out of heated drying cycles.

For a change that will make a little more impact, skip the dishwasher all together and hand wash/dry dishes.

clothes-lineTips #3: Look for Alternatives when Drying Clothes

Simply put, you can take advantage of the summer sun and hang clothes to dry on a clothesline, or even make the smallest change by air drying clothes you usually put through an Air Fluff/No Heat cycle. If that’s an implausible change due to your living arrangements, switch up your laundry routine and dry clothes at night. The house is cooler at night after the sun goes down, meaning the residual heat from your dryer won’t affect your thermostat as much and your air conditioner won’t have to work harder to cool down the house.

Also, make sure to wash laundry in only full loads and in cold water, so as to not use excessive energy with your water heater.

open-ovenTip #4: Don’t Make Your Air Conditioner Work Harder By Cooking

We can’t exactly go without using the cooking appliances for an entire summer, but cutting down on daily usage during peak hours will make a difference you’ll instantly feel. Avoid releasing heat from stove flames and high temperature ovens and try reheating leftovers in the microwave or grilling outside.

If you do have to use the oven on a particularly hot day, abstain from frequently opening the oven door. The oven temperature drops 25 to 50 degrees whenever you open the door, making your oven work harder to maintain the pre-set temperature and all the residual heat escapes in the house, increasing your air conditioning usage.

PrintTip #5: Make Energy-Smart Purchases

Consider ENERGY STAR rated products if you’re in the market for new ones, which can save you up to 30% on energy bills. Also, change to LED light bulbs whenever possible since they are lower wattage than traditional light bulbs, produce only half as much heat, and last up to 50 times longer which saves you energy and money in the long run.

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