Energy Conservation Suggestions
At Littleton Water and Light we have been taking a proactive approach to reducing your electric costs. As a homeowner or renter, you can also take control and help yourself to reduce your monthly electric and water expenses by following some of the conservation tips which have been provided by ISO New England -- the regional power grid.
- Use pots and pans with flat bottoms the same size as the burners to prevent heat from escaping. Covered pots or pans will boil or steam faster, allowing lower temperature settings.
- Cook outdoors, use a microwave oven or prepare cold meals to avoid heating up the kitchen and adding moisture to the air.
- Microwaves use less than half the power of a conventional oven and cook food in about one-fourth the time.
- For cooking, use small appliances like a toaster oven or electric skillet. On average, they use half the energy of a full-size oven.
- Turn off the surface element or oven a few minutes before cooking time is up. Electric stoves stay hot for a few minutes after they're turned off.
- On a surface unit, start with high heat and lower the setting when the food starts to bubble or boil.
- Do your heavy summer cooking in the early morning or evening hours.
- Try to use the range top more, the oven less.
- Set your refrigerator thermostat at 40 degrees and your freezer at 0 degrees.
- If your refrigerator has an "efficiency" setting, make sure it is on. This will reduce the number of hours the unit needs to run.
- Defrost frozen foods in the refrigerator, not in the oven, or microwave.
- Maintain Your Appliances Correctly.
- Make sure reflector pans beneath the stove's heating elements are bright and clean.
- Don't line oven racks with foil. It blocks the heat flow and makes the oven work harder to cook food.
- Don't locate your refrigerator in direct sunlight
- Clean dust from refrigerator coils.
- Don't store paper bags or anything else behind the refrigerator. They can cut airflow, making the refrigerator work harder.
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