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5 Hacks for Energy Savings in the Kitchen!
Jun 19, 2017

Energy experts know that some of the biggest home energy hogs tend to be in the kitchen! For example, because your fridge is one of the only appliances that runs 24/7/365, it costs about $90 per year to operate according the U.S. Department of Energy. Check out these tips below that could help you save about $38-$45 off your energy bills!


  • Look for the Star! ENERGY Star rated refrigerators use 15% less energy than non-rated models!
  • Not too hot, not too cold. If your fridge or freezer is set too cold, you could be wasting energy! Adjust the temperature so that it stays between 37-40°F and the freezer to 0-5°F. This can help you save up to $22 per year!
  • Ditch automatic for the tray! By purchasing a fridge without an automatic ice maker and simply using the classic ice tray, you could save about $12- $18 annually on your electric bill!
  • Wash only when full. Having a dishwasher is a luxury, especially for anyone who grew up hand washing dishes. By only running the dishwasher when it’s full, you could save up to $27 per year.
  • No more preheating. By doing away with preheating your oven, you could save about $2 a month!


General tips are taken from the below sources and are not independently verified by North American Power. Dollar and usage savings are estimates and are based on, but not limited to the following: home profile information, performance assumptions, third-party resources, and the average regional cost for electricity. Savings are not guaranteed, are subject to change, and may vary.

Ashley Leach

Ashley Leach is a freelance writer and digital content marketer with a background in journalism, digital reporting, and marketing for numerous industries. She's found her perfect fit at North American Power in writing about home maintenance and repairs, energy efficiency, and smart home technology.