Time: 5-6 hours
Your appliances are the powerhouses of your home. From blending to washing, they make every aspect of your day-to-day life more convenient. But are your appliances working as well as they could? Here are a few tips to help you gauge the efficiency of your appliances and make them more energy-efficient if they’re not running as well as they should.
What's in it for you?
- Save on energy bills
- Protect the environment
Check Your Appliances for Energy Efficiency:
Estimate how long each appliance runs in a day. Do you generally find yourself watching an hour of TV after work? Cooking meals in the oven once a week? Figure out the average use time for each appliance you want to check.
Calculate how much energy your appliances are using. Take an electric meter reading and then run an appliance you want to check for an hour (try to make sure it’s the only appliance running, or if you can’t, we’ll tell you what to do in step 3). Take another meter reading. The difference is the amount of energy that the appliance uses per hour.
Check the energy usage against the product wattage. If your appliance has a tag with the estimate of the wattage output per hour — great. If not, you can find it with a quick internet search. Check this number against the meter measurement from step 2 (make sure to subtract the estimated energy for any appliances you were unable to turn off). If it’s significantly different, you probably have an inefficient appliance.
Make Your Appliances More Energy Efficient:
Clean. Dirt and other contaminants cause motors to run inefficiently. To clean, saturate a rag with a 3:1 solution of water to white vinegar. Wipe down the motor and gears with this solution.
Replace worn elements. Unplug, and then open your appliances to check all elements for signs of wear — things like frays or dents. Replace any damaged parts with ones of the same model to increase energy efficiency. If any of your appliances are still running inefficiently, they might need to be professionally repaired or recycled and replaced. Super can help.
Pro Tip: Appliances use energy when plugged in — even if they’re turned off. Modify your routine to include unplugging appliances after you’re done using them and you’ll save even more energy.