Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Regular Maintenance Conserves Energy

One of the ways our family plans to move toward self-sufficiency (even if I have to drag some of them) is by becoming aware of ways we waste energy. Lights and televisions left on in rooms, plugged in chargers for devices when not in use, and uninsulated hot water heaters not only waste energy, they cost you money. Another way that you can toss money out the window and use more energy than you should is by not performing regular maintenance on household appliances.

Here are a few tips that can help:

  • Check the seals on your refrigerator and freezer annually. 
  • Vacuum your refrigerator and freezer coils twice a year.
  • Clean your dishwasher filter twice a year.
  • Scrub mineral deposits off the spray arms of your dishwasher with hot distilled white vinegar.
  • Check the water-fill hoses on your washing machine for signs of wear.
  • Keep your washing machine's lint filter clean.
  • Wash your dryer's lint filter with warm soapy water two to three times a year.
  • Drain your hot water heater once a year.
  • Check your oven seal once a year.
  • Follow the owner's manual for how to keep your gas or electric stove clean.
It's important to check the owner's manual for all your appliances before performing any maintenance.

When it is time to replace your appliances, look for products that conserve energy. I'm hoping to buy a moisture-sensing or auto-dry clothes dryer the next time around.

Do you perform regular maintenance on your appliances? What is your next major appliance purchase?

3 comments:

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

These are awesome. Thanks for the check list. To be honest I've never thought of cleaning many of these things.

Louise Ducote said...

Oh how my dishwasher needs your tip! We have very hard water and I think its efficiency is being undermined by mineral deposits. Top of the list tomorrow!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the comments. I'm glad you found these tips helpful.