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How to Use Your Dishwasher Correctly to Save on Your Texas Electric Bill

May 14, 2010

You did all the right things by selecting an energy-efficient dishwasher. But, you may be washing those savings right down the drain by using it incorrectly. Following is how to make sure you’re constantly saving on your Texas electric bill when you use your dishwasher.

Don’t Use the Rinse/Hold Feature: As nice as it is to have, don’t use this feature on your dishwasher unless it’s absolutely necessary. It’s an energy waster, consuming 3 to 7 gallons of water every time you use it. Furthermore, this water has to be heated – using even more energy. So avoid using it as much as possible.

Air Dry Dishes after Washing: Many dishwashers have an “Air Dry” or “Heat Dry” feature. These features consume anywhere from 15 to 50% more energy. So, don’t use either. To dry dishes after they finishing washing, simply open the door of the dishwasher. This is no-cost air drying – the best kind.

Scrape, Don’t Rinse: Before you load your dishwasher, don’t rinse the dishes. This can use up to 20 more gallons of water. Scrape them good and load’er up!

Check the Drain: Over time, food can build up in your dishwasher’s drain. If it gets stuck, your unit has to work harder (ie, use more energy) to clean. And, it can clog up altogether. Checking the drain regularly prevents this from happening.

Texas Electric: Don’t Wash Away Your Energy Savings

One of the easiest ways to save on your Texas electric bill is to select the right energy plan. And if you’re using a prepaid electric service plan, you’re paying more. One problem many Texas consumers have with prepaid electric plans is the premature termination of service for being even a few days late paying the bill. You don’t have to put up with this.

No-deposit electric service plans like the Texas LITE-UP Program offers consumers budget friendly solutions. With this program, for example, you get a discount on your energy bill five months out of the year.

Call your Texas electricity provider to find out how to qualify.

PA Electric Service Energy Efficiency Choices and Electricity Rates to Compare

May 14, 2010

Save More on Your Pennsylvania Electric Bill by Selecting the Right Stove

If you’re in the market for a new stove – and want to save on your Pennsylvania electric bill — following are some factors to consider to find the most energy-efficient model.

What to Look for in an Energy-Efficient Stove

Get a Combo Stove: As in, one that is both a conventional and convection unit. Why? Because they cook faster than single units and they do it at a lower temperature.

Avoid Electric Coil Units: Electric stoves that have ceramic, halogen or induction range elements are not only more energy efficient than those that have the traditional electric coils, they give you more temperature control. A much-appreciated side benefit is that they are easier to clean as well.

Various Burner Sizes: You want a stove that has various burner sizes. This is because when you cook, you waste energy if you place, for example, a small pot on a big burner. You can waste as much as 40% of a burner’s heat by doing this.

Self-Cleaning Oven: While this may seem to waste energy, actually, it’s an energy saver because stoves with self-cleaning ovens are better insulated than those without this feature. Hence, they hold heat better and use less energy when you cook.

Is Your Energy Plan as Efficient as Your New Stove?

Why take all the time to buy energy-efficient appliances so you save money if you’re just going to turn around and give those savings away by selecting the wrong energy plan?

2 Tips for Choosing the Right Electric Service Plan

Avoid Prepaid Plans: These are some of the most expensive options available. Many tout how easy they are to get – and they are. But, you pay a premium – month after month after month.

Shop Wisely: Long-time, stable Pennsylvania electric providers offer low-cost options to everyone from credit-challenged consumers to those on fixed incomes, eg, LIHEAP.

This no-deposit electric service plan provides government funds to helps consumers pay their electric bill. Ask your Pennsylvania electricity company representative about LIHEAP, and other low-deposit and/or no-deposit electric plans you may qualify for.