CLOTHES DRYER ELECTRIC OVEN DISHWASHER MICROWAVE #2 #1 ELECTRIC OVEN CLOTHES DRYER When set to 350 degrees an electric oven uses 4,000 watts. Running on warm or hot setting a dryer can use 4,400 watts of power! Consider using glass and ceramic baking dishes, they retain heat better and allow you to bake at lower temperatures. Consider using running your dryer on cool setting …or even better, line dry your clothes. #4 #3 MICROWAVE DISHWASHER A microwave uses 1,400 watts of power. A dishwasher running with hot water uses 3,600 watts, cold water requires 1,200 watts. For short reheating purposes use the microwave instead of the oven. Run the dishwasher only when full Use the warm or cool setting instead of hot. TOASTER COFFEE MAKER PLASMA TV DESKTOP COMPUTER #6 #5 COFFEE MAKER TOASTER A coffee maker uses 900 watts of power. Overall household appliances account for 17% of energy use. A toaster uses 1,300 watts of power. Look for the energy star label when purchasing new appliances, these appliances have met strict energy efficiency guidelines and will save you energy… and money too! #8 #7 DESKTOP COMPUTER PLASMA TV Desktop computers use between 340 to 150 watts of power. (laptops use around 100 watts). Set your computer to go to sleep after 5 minutes of inactivity. A 50” plasma TV uses 340 watts! Consider another type of television and remember… the larger the TV, the more energy it uses. REFRIGERATOR INCANDESCENT LIGHT (traditional light bulbs) CFL LIGHT (the spiral ones) TELEPHONE #10 #9 INCANDESCENT LIGHT REFRIGERATOR 60 watts of power when the light is turned on. Modern refrigerators are use an average of 172 watts. Go with CFLs! These light bulbs use a lot less energy To test if your refrigerator is sealing properly put a piece of paper where the door seals. If the paper slides down at all you need to replace the seal. And of course… don’t forget to turn the lights off when you are not using them. #12 #11 TELEPHONE CFL LIGHT When in use a telephone uses 1.9 watts of power. New CFLs only use 18 watts of energy. Remember to unplug your cell phone charger when it is not in use, chances are it is still drawing power. But with any appliance, the longer you keep it on, the more energy it uses. Replacing all of the incandescent lights in your house with CFL’s can save you a lot of money on energy costs!
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