Smarter Appliance use Tips
- The washing cycle selected on a washing machine should have the lowest water temperature required for the items being washed. A full load of washing is more energy efficient that two half loads. Use a cold rinse for your clothes.
- When drying clothes in a dryer, dry heavy articles separately from light articles and turn the dryer off as soon as the clothes are dry - don't over dry the clothes!
- Dry clothes naturally out of doors whenever possible.
- Stop the dishwasher before the drying cycle and open the door to let the dishes air dry and always use the economy button where possible
- Don't let frost build up in the freezer compartment as this increases energy consumption. Remember to defrost and clean the inside of your refrigerator and freezer at least every 6 months and make sure they are positioned in a cool place, not next to the cooker or boiler or where possible not in the path of direct sunlight.
- Check that the door seals on the refrigerator and freezer are tight fitting - the seals hold a 5 euro note in place when the door is closed.
- Don't put warm or hot food straight into the freezer - let it cool down first.
- In a microwave oven, arrange unevenly shaped items with the thickest portion to the outside. Stir or turn the food over to speed up cooking time. Remember a microwave is more efficient than a cooker for reheating food.
- The oven is expensive to use - try to use it as sparingly and efficiently as possible. Where possible use it for more than just one item and remember you can cook at a higher temperature at the top of the oven, and simultaneously at a lower temperature at the bottom.
- Do not open the oven door to check cooking - every time you do so you lose 20% of the accumulated heat.
Toasters & Kettles:
- The toaster is more energy efficient than the grill for toasting bread.
- When making tea or coffee, boil only the amount of water required (but make sure the heating elements of electric kettles are covered!)