Mon Nov 09, 2020
IPTEC Energy Tips - Part 2

With more people remaining at home for extended periods of time because of the coronavirus outbreak, households may see an unexpected increase in their monthly energy usage. 

Below some tips to reduce your energy costs in your Kitchen and Bathrooms:

• Dust off the top of your refrigerator and coils to keep it running efficiently and cool. 
• Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder. 
• Don’t open the oven door while food is cooking. You can lose up to 50 degrees in temperature and waste energy. 
• Cover pots when cooking and cook by time and temperature guides. 
• Cook several meals at the same time. 
• Use small appliances such as toaster or microwave ovens for small meals rather than your large stove or oven. They will save energy and can save on cooling costs because they generate less heat. 
• Run the dishwasher only when you have enough dirty dishes accumulated for a full load. 
• Turn off your dishwasher’s dry cycle and let your dishes air dry.  
• Use cold water in your washing machine. Most new washers are designed for cold water. 
• Throw a few tennis balls into the dryer with your load to reduce drying time. 
• Check the temperature on your water heater and set it to 120 degrees. A heater set at 140 degrees or higher can waste up more in standby heat losses to keep water hot.

Check IPTEC Energy Tips - Part 1