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Save Energy – and Money – in Your Kitchen

Did you know your kitchen could be losing you hundreds of dollars each year? We have some tips and good habits to help you conserve energy and save you money in your kitchen:

Refrigerator/Freezer

  • Adjust the Thermostat
    If you set your fridge’s thermostat colder than you really need, you could be increasing its energy consumption by as much as 25%. Stay in the 37° to 40°F range for the refrigerator and between 0° to 5°F for the freezer. This could save you about $20 per year. If your fridge/freezer doesn’t display actual temperatures, a separate refrigerator thermometer can do the trick.
  • Clean the Coils
    Every six months, clean out dust and debris from the fridge’s condenser coils located either behind or underneath using a long-bristled brush or vacuum attachment. This could take up to 5% off of your fridge’s operation costs. And before you push the refrigerator back into place, make sure you have about three inches of clearance between it and the wall for proper ventilation.
  • Turn Off the Icemaker
    Okay, most of us don’t want to picture life without the convenience of an ice maker. But you may want to consider using ice trays instead. Automatic ice makers can increase the energy consumption by 14-20% costing you about $15/year. At the very least, turn the maker off when you have enough ice and back on when you’re almost out. Having ice maker issues? Click here for ice maker parts.

Range/Stove/Oven

  • Keep the Heat
    Check your oven’s door once in a while to see that it’s closing properly. The door seal/gasket should be undamaged and free of tears. A damaged one doesn’t seal correctly and can cause heat to escape and your utility bills to climb. See how to replace a door seal/gasket on a Kenmore gas range.
  • Use the Furnace Instead
    Never use a gas range/stove/cooktop to heat your home. Not only is this a fire risk, it can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning as well.
  • Avoid Preheating
    Unless you’re baking bread or a cake, you really don’t need to be in the costly habit of preheating your oven. Not preheating can save you about $2 per month, or roughly 20¢ per hour.
  • Pick the Right Burner
    While it may seem a larger burner can heat a small pan sooner, the difference isn’t that great and you could be wasting a few dollars a month. It’s simple … Small pan, small burner. Large pan, large burner.  Replacement parts: coil surface element, burner drip bowlsand gas burner grates.

Dishwasher

  • Watch the Load
    Don’t overload your dishwasher, you’ll be wasting water on dishes it can’t effectively clean. On the flip side, don’t underload your dishwasher either. You can cut costs by about 30% if you only run it when it’s full (but not too full!). Click here for the right way to load a dishwasherto get the most bang for your buck.
  • Run Hot Water First
    Some dishwashers preheat the water before they run. By just taking a few seconds to run hot water out of your sink’s faucet can shorten the wash time and save you money and water.
  • Turn Off the Heat
    Your dishwasher’s heat cycle can add 15-50% in operating costs. Turn off the heat feature and save yourself up to $27 a year. Need help with a dishwasher that’s not drying? Click here.
  • Prewashing Not Need
    They’re called dishwashers for a reason. Just scrape excess food into your garbage disposal but you can skip the pre-rinsing. Most modern dishwashers are designed to remove food particles, so no rinsing is needed unless your dishes have been sitting out for several hours. Find wash arms and wash arm support parts here. 

For extra assistance, you can visit the refrigerator, range/stove/oven  and dishwasher  repair help pages. RepairClinic.com has millions of parts available for same-day shipping  and we offer a 365 return policy guarantee. Call 800-269-2609 or click here  if you need help placing an order today.

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