Tips to cut your operating costs

Modern appliances may make life easier, but they also consume energy and water. Here are some tips for cutting appliance operating costs--without sacrificing convenience:
Gas stoves and ranges: If you're thinking of replacing your current range or oven with a new gas model, consider choosing a unit with an electronic ignition. Pilot lights burn gas--and money--24 hours a day. Also, when gas is being burned efficiently, the flames are blue; if they're yellow, call in a professional to have the unit adjusted or repaired.
Refrigerators: If yours is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it. At the very least, replace door seals that no longer fit tightly. If you have more than one refrigerator and a separate freezer, think about replacing them with a single larger refrigerator/freezer unit.
Clothes washer: Pre-1985 models can eat up valuable kilowatts. Upgrading to a newer, front-loading model can cut water consumption by about 25%.
Water heater: The National Association of Home Builders says heating water consumes nearly 13% of the average home's monthly energy bill. If your water heater is 10 or more years old, consider replacing it with a new, high-efficiency model.
Shower heads: The cost of installing low-flow models will be repaid with reduced energy costs to heat the water as well as lower water bills.
Toilets: Unlike early low-flow versions, today's low-flow toilets really work and can cut water use in half or better.

When looking for new appliances, search for those with ENERGY STAR certification to find the most efficient models. The ENERGY STAR website ( offers information on certified products in more than 40 categories, along with a wealth of resources to help you plan and undertake projects to reduce your energy bills and improve home comfort.
Tips For The TakingFor tips on saving energy around the home, visit the website of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at
For printed information, call the EERE Information Center toll-free (877) 337 3463 for a copy of these free publications:

  • Energy Savers: Tips on Saving Energy Money at Home
  • Energy Savers Cool Summer Tips
  • Energy Savers Hot Winter Tips

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