As we move forward with Minnesota’s cooler fall season, there are more opportunties to save on your energy bills. Use the following energy tips from this article to save energy dollars.
In the laundry room
Wash clothes at a lower temperature, dry laundry outside during warmer months, and use drying racks and hangers as much as possible during cooler months. If you prefer to use the dryer, experiment with setting dry times lower to prevent over drying. Not only will this show an increase of savings on your utility bill, your clothes will be in better shape and won’t come out of the dryer piping hot.
In the kitchen
Refrigerators and freezers are often overlooked when it comes to saving energy. A few ways to increase efficiency:
- Defrost your freezer on a regular basis.
- Keep your refrigerator organized so you can leave the door open less: Every time the door is opened, the refrigerator must work harder to cool down again.
- When storing left overs, be sure to let hot food cool before placing it inside the refrigerator or freezer.
- When cooking on the stove, be sure to boil only as much water as you need: It will take longer to heat bigger pans of water, wasting more energy in the process.
- Cooking larger portions of meals in bulk and freezing ahead will not only save energy, but save time in the future when you need to get dinner to the table fast.
In the bathroom
Take shorter showers and less baths. The less time water is heated, the less energy used. Plus, you can also feel great about conserving a valuable resource.