In the Kitchen --
the Laundry --
Thaw frozen foods
before cooking them in the oven (except
Dust or vacuum the
grills and coils of your refrigerator and freezer
regularly, especially in homes where pet hair is
Air spaces between
foods in a refrigerator improve cooling
efficiency. Freezers cost less to operate when
packed full of food.
Defrost your freezer
before frost gets one-quarter-inch thick.
refrigerator door seals fit airtight. (This may
only require adjusting doors.)
Don't use an oven for
toasting bread or for heating the house.
Plan meals that
require as few cooking appliances as possible.
For example, cook several dishes in the oven at
the same time.
Use a timer instead
of looking into the oven to see if food is done.
The oven temperature drops at least 25 degrees
each time you open the oven door.
Keep range-top and
Match the size of
your cooking pan to the electric range surface
Keep range grease
Cover pots to speed
Microwave ovens are
more efficient than conventional ovens.
Only run your
dishwasher with a full load of dishes.
Rinse dishes in cold
If your dishwasher
doesn't have an energy-saver (fan only) drying
cycle, open the door and air-dry the dishes.
Use cold water to run
your garbage disposal.
and Lighting --
Energy Efficient Bulbs & Fixtures
Use cold-water washes
whenever possible. Cold water rinses save money
and prevent wrinkling.
Wait until you have a
full load to use the washer and dryer, but don't
overload. Clean the dryers lint filter
before each load.
Iron clothes which
require cool temperatures first. Don't repeatedly
heat up and cool the iron.
Set water heater at
120 degrees. This saves electricity and prevents
Put an insulation
jacket on your water heater and insulate hot
Repair leaky faucets.
Take short showers.
Install a low-flow shower head.
Turn off lights when
not needed, keep lamps and lighting fixtures
provide three to five times more light for each
kilowatt-hour of electricity than do incandescent
Use lower wattage
lighting whenever possible.
Shop for energy
efficient light bulbs those that give off the
most lumens of light per watt of electricity.
Compare bulb ratings by dividing lumens by watts.
For a brochure of energy-saving tips, you may download and print "
Saving Electricity at Home". This file is in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format, and
requires Acrobat Reader for viewing, downloadable from adobe.com:
Set your thermostat
for 65 - 70 degrees during the day and 50 - 60
degrees at night.
Clean or replace
furnace filters often.
Don't block furnace
ducts with draperies or furniture.
Insulate your windows
or add storm windows.
Close off unoccupied
rooms (unless you have a heat pump).
Open draperies and
shades in sunny windows. Close them at night.
Use portable heaters
only in small areas for short periods of time.
Stop drafts at the
bottom of doors and along window sills - - use a
3-inch by 36-inch cloth tube ("door
snake") filled with sand or small beans or
use a rolled up towel or rug.
Call an Energy Advisor at 206.684.3800 or send email to SCLEnergyAdvisor@seattle.gov if you'd like us to mail you a copy of the appliance chart, or if you'd like more information on saving energy in the home.
Call (206) 684-3000