Electrical Appliances

Energy Saving Tips > Electrical Appliances

  • The average household spends $1,300 each year on their energy bills. By choosing ENERGY STAR qualified products, you can cut this by 30%, saving about $400 each year! As heating and cooling systems, appliances, computers and other office equipment, windows lighting fixtures and consumer electronics no longer meet your needs, replace them with products bearing the ENERGY STAR label. These products use 10-50% less energy than a standard model and qualify for incentives from Pascoag Utility District!
  • LCD displays, battery chargers, remote controls and many other electrical goods keep on using electricity unless they are unplugged. At least 5% of electricity is consumed by appliances while they are switched off- so be sure to unplug them when not in use.
  • Choose electrical equipment that performs more than one task. A good example of this would be to buy a combined ENERGY STAR TV and DVD, instead of buying two separate machines.
  • Keep your microwave clean and you’ll be able to maximize its energy. This means less electricity used, less money spent, and less time cooking.
  • Your refrigerator uses more energy than pretty much any other appliance. Keep it at its optimum functioning temperature: 38-41°F for the fridge and 0-5°F for the freezer. Any lower and you’re wasting energy.
  • Look behind your fridge once in a while- vacuuming or wiping the condenser coils on the back will help reduce dust build-up and make your fridge function more efficiently.
  • Keep your refrigerator door gasket clean to make sure the seal isn’t broken by specks of dried food or congealed substances. Make sure you wipe around gaskets and seals regularly to help the door seal tight. To check to make sure your door is sealed tight place a one dollar bill in the door and close. If the dollar stays it indicates that the seal is tight and does not need to be replaced.
  • Make sure you defrost your refrigerator and freezer regularly to help keep them running most efficiently. If ice and debris build up, it takes more energy to keep it at the right temperature. Even auto-defrost fridges and freezers should be defrosted at the first sign of ice buildup.
  • Never put hot food or drinks into the fridge to cool as it will raise the internal fridge temperature and will use a lot of energy to bring it to the right temperature. Let it cool to room temperature naturally before putting it in the fridge.
  • To avoid wasting energy from your stove, match the size of the burner to the size of the bottom of the pan. This way you will use the minimum amount of energy to heat your food. You could save about $36 annually for an electric range or $18 for a gas range. Five percent of the energy bought and used per person in the United States is for preparing and cooking food. Over a year, this exceeds twice the energy a person in Africa uses to power everything in his or her life.
  • Try washing your laundry in cold or warm water instead of hot. Studies have shown that clothes get just as clean, and far less energy is used- up to 90% of the energy taken up with washing clothes is used to heat hot water.
  • If you choose a cold rinse cycle instead of rinsing with hot water, you’ll save electricity every time you wash.
  • It uses more energy to dry clothes than to wash them. Hang clothes on a wooden rack inside or on a clothes line outside whenever possible.
  • Clean the filter on your dryer every couple of loads to boost efficiency. It is also a good idea to scrub the lint screen of your dryer once a month with hot water and soap to get rid of the build up from lint and dryer sheets. This will help minimize your chances of having a dryer fire.
  • Instead of wasting energy by using your dishwasher’s drying cycle, simply open the door after the rinse cycle and let the dishes air dry instead.


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The regular meeting of the Pascoag Utility District Board of Utility Commissioners will be held on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. virtually, from the meeting application link https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/761101221 ; you can also dial in using your phone at … Continue reading