Energy efficiency is a worthwhile pursuit, whether you want to be friendlier to Mother Earth or your checkbook when the monthly utility bill comes around. It might compel you to know that Arizona residents pay around
And when it comes to natural gas, Arizona residences pay about a
To provide relief to the planet (and your wallet), check out these energy-efficient appliances and ways to save energy!
Cooktop or Range
The fiscal debate between gas and electric
While it might be cheaper to operate a gas appliance for your culinary needs, more energy is actually wasted when cooking with this fuel option. If we’re talking numbers, about
Induction cooking surfaces do you one better—with up to 90 percent of the energy being transferred to the food. But they are also the most expensive to maintain.
Regardless of the fuel type you choose, instead of turning on your stove, we recommend you use a
Wall Oven or Range
Regardless of whether you opt for a gas or electric oven, convection ovens are more energy-efficient than standard models because the fan-circulated heat is continuously coursing around the food being cooked. Convection baking results in more even heat distribution and, for most foods, temperatures and cooking time can be decreased.
Ranking among the best oven ranges of 2020, the
If you’re a bit of an impatient cook, we’d like to remind you to keep the oven door closed as you’re waiting for your casserole to brown at the edges. The oven’s internal temperature can drop by as many as 25 degrees each time you open the door, so just use the oven light for a visual check-in! Or abstain from opening the door altogether by trusting your timer.
There’s very little negotiation when it comes to conserving energy with your refrigerator—we simply can’t afford for this appliance to lose its momentum, unless you want spoiled milk, contaminated eggs, and droopy ice cream on your hands.
Since it comes down to limiting the number of times you open your fridge door to avoid cold air escaping from the appliance, may we interest you in a model with a windowed panel?
The Energy Star certified
In addition, this refrigerator can be synced to your smartphone so that you can receive recommended maintenance tips and usage reports to keep your appliance running its best.
Don’t dish out a job you can’t take. If you’ve got a full load of dishes to clean, put your trust in your dishwasher! If saving you time and labor is not enough, this appliance uses
Engineered to be as energy-efficient as possible, many of today’s dishwashers come with soil sensors to detect how messy your plates are and automatically adjust water and cycle settings accordingly—saving you water and energy consumption (as well as costs) in the process.
The Energy Star certified
To make your dishwasher even more efficient, we recommend only running full loads, skipping the pre-rinse, and air drying.
Your laundry room can benefit from energy-efficient appliances, too. Saving energy in this realm starts with running your washing machine only when you’ve got a full load of laundry. To try a lesser known hack, use cold water for all of your loads—in truth, cold water preserves the state and color of your fabrics while warm water should be used in special cases (such as,
Like soil-sensing dishwashers, many new washing machines are stocked with energy-efficient load sensors that can take the guesswork out of your household chores. With sensors that automatically set the right water level, amounts of detergent and fabric softener, and temperature for every load, the Energy Star certified
Yes, energy-efficient appliances can do that, too.
For those of us who don’t have a clothesline, it would behoove us to invest in an energy-efficient appliance to dry our damp laundry after a wash.
We must revisit a question posed earlier: gas or electric? First, it should be noted that electric dryers use heating coils while gas dryers use a gas burner to generate heat; that said, while gas dryers typically cost more upon initial purchase, in the long run, they may end up costing you less, since the price of natural gas is lower than that of electricity (both generally and certainly in Arizona).
Furthermore, because gas dryers tend to run hotter than electric dryers, clothes can tumble for a shorter period—this can shave a few dollars off your utilities bill and, as an added bonus, result in less wear-and-tear on your clothes over time. The Energy Star certified
Lastly, be sure to clean your dryer’s lint filter and tubing regularly to keep your appliance running efficiently!
We hope you are compelled to invest in energy-efficient appliances and adopt some of our tips to conserve energy in your day-to-day use. As a reminder, you can buy energy-efficient appliances from our digital catalog and in-store selection. If you don’t know where to start, our friendly staff of experts at
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