If the thought of checking your mail is something that gives you anxiety, then the chances are that it’s something to do with your bills – particularly, your utility bills. Isn’t life already expensive enough as it is, given the costs of food, transportation, entertainment, raising a family, and so forth? As the cost of living steadily increases in urban areas across the country (here’s looking at you, Los Angeles), the need to save money on those pricey energy bills is more important than ever before.
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So then, what can you do to lessen your energy consumption for those essential kitchen appliances? That’s a great question that we’re going to address in another helpful blog post from your Los Angeles appliance repair experts here at Profix Appliance Service. Our household appliance repair professionals are seasoned veterans when it comes to making sure that your kitchen is working at full capacity. If one of your appliances is down, don’t go another day with a broken refrigerator or other broken appliances. Schedule a service request with us today!
From your oven to your stove, let’s look at some energy-saving tips that your wallet and the environment will thank you for.
In terms of cleaning or scrubbing, your dishwasher doesn’t use that much energy. Most of the energy used by a dishwasher is actually for heating the water. If you’re looking to replace your current dishwasher (not that we wouldn’t be able to handle the repair, of course) with a newer one, be sure to look for the Energy Star label to find a dishwasher that uses less water and energy than what’s required by federal standards. Federal standards require that dishwashers use 4.25 gallons of water (or less) per cycle, whereas older dishwashers purchased before 1994 use more than 10 gallons of water per cycle. Yikes!
Make sure that your dishwasher isn’t overloaded when you run it. If you’re not in a rush to get your dishes clean and dry, you can also let your dishes air dry as opposed to using the heated dry feature. This will use less electricity. Additionally, you can check the manual that came with your dishwasher for the manufacturer’s recommendations on water temperature. Many dishwashers have internal heating elements that allow you to set the water heater in your home to a lower temperature, sometimes around 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fridges are a common source of high energy bills – or at least, energy bills that are a lot higher than they should be. For one, don’t keep your refrigerator or freezer at too cold of a temperature. Recommended temperatures run around 35 to 38 degrees for the fresh food compartment and around 0 degrees for freezers and long-term storage.
Curious about the exact temperature of your fridge? While most new fridges have fancy temperature gauges built right in, you can manually check your refrigerator temperature by placing an appliance thermometer in a glass of water in the center of the fridge. Check it after roughly 24 hours have passed and you should have an accurate temperature reading. As for the freezer temperature, place a thermometer between frozen packages.
Additionally, make sure that your refrigerator door seals are airtight. Test the door seals by closing the door over something thin like a piece of paper or a dollar bill so it is half in and half out of the refrigerator. If you can pull the paper or bill out easily, the latch may require adjustment or the seal may need to be replaced.
To give your compressor a break, wrap or cover liquids and foods stored in your fridge. Uncovered foods and liquids release moisture into your fridge, forcing your compressor to work harder. Finally, regularly defrost manual-defrost freezers and refrigerators. You should do this routinely because frost buildup decreases the energy efficiency of the appliance, which is the whole point of this post! Ideally, don’t let the frost build up to anything more than a one-quarter of an inch or so.
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Saving energy is a win-win for our planet and for your wallet, so get in there and optimize your kitchen! For anything beyond your ability, trust the kitchen appliance repair specialists in Los Angeles to get the job done and fix your appliance. Instead of searching “appliance repair near me,” skip a step and get in contact with the experts at Profix Appliance Service today!