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  • When shopping for new appliances look for the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR products are more efficient and typically exceed federal standards. View the Department of Energy's appliance shopping guide for more details.


  • Only run the dishwasher when it is full and let the dishes air dry.


  • Make sure that your refrigerator/freezer temperatures are not set too low. Recommended temperatures are 37 degrees for the refrigerator and 5 degrees for the freezer. Refrigerator/freezer doors should be air tight to prevent cold air from leaking out. Proper maintenance is also important which includes vacuuming the coils and regular defrosting.


  • Wash clothes in cold water and wash and dry only full loads. Clean the lint filter on the dryer after every load. When possible air dry clothes.


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