energy savings tips
to keep your appliances cool this
work harder during the hot summer months.
Harder work equals more energy consumption.
To help your appliances keep their cool
this summer, we suggest these energy savings
tips from the Massachusetts Division of
Energy Resources and our own RepairGuru:
Close your blinds, shades or draperies
during the hottest part of the day to
keep the sun out.
- Air conditioners work to remove humidity,
so reserve moisture-making jobs such as
dishwashing, laundry and bathing for early
morning or night when it's cooler.
- If you're
buying a new air-conditioning system,
make sure it's efficient. Central air
conditioning systems are graded by Seasonal
Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and window
units by Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER).
A higher number means better efficiency.
We recommend 13 or higher. 10 SEER is
the current minimum efficiency established
by the US Department of Energy but that
will go up to 13 in 2006.
- Make sure your air conditioner is sized
properly. Window air conditioners are
designed to cool one room only. An oversized
unit may not dehumidify properly and may
use more energy than necessary. A rule
of thumb is about 20 BTUs for each square
foot of room.
- The outdoor unit of a central air conditioner
should be kept free from plants, dirt
or grass clippings that will interfere
with air circulation. Wash the coil on
the back of the unit periodically with
a garden hose. Be careful not to spray
the motor or other electrical components.
If you live on a dirt road, consider covering
the unit in the off season to keep unwanted
dust from entering the unit.
- Shade the outdoor air conditioning unit
if possible. A unit in the sun will use
up to 5 percent more energy than one in
- Clean the filter behind the front panel
in window units monthly. Try RepairClinic.com's
Refrigerators and freezers operate most
efficiently when full but not overcrowded.
Arrange contents in a way that allows
air to circulate.
- Make sure refrigerator and freezer doors
fit tightly. If they don't, adjust or
replace gaskets. You can find replacement
gaskets for your model using the PartDetective.
Set your refrigerator thermostat between
37 and 40 degrees and your freezer between
0 and 5 degrees.
- You may want to use your refrigerators
energy efficiency setting to conserve
energy. Turning the energy efficiency
switch on will turn off heaters inside
the door frames, which will conserve energy.
However, during hot summer months, having
these heaters off may cause condensation
on the outside of your refrigerator doors.
If this happens, you may want to turn
the energy efficiency switch off, but
your energy usage will go up as a result.
- Clean dust from refrigerator coils.
RepairClinic.com offers a
Brush to help you with this
For more summer energy savings tips, visit
the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources
website at http://www.state.ma.us/DOER/pub_info/sumrestip.htm.
the Kill-a-Watt meter to measure energy consumption
first featured the Kill-a-Watt meter in the
June newsletter, and it was such a huge success,
we wanted to feature it again. With the Kill-a-Watt
meter, you can track total power consumption
by the hour, day, week, month or year for
any standard household appliance that plugs
into a 110 volt outlet. You can also use it
to check computers, table lamps and most other
devices that plug into standard wall receptacles.
The Kill-a-Watt meter also displays voltage
(V), line frequency (Hz), and power factor
(PF). There are no batteries required. Get
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