Smarter Appliance use Tips

 Washing Machines:

  • The washing cycle selected on a washing machine should have the lowest water temperature required for the items being washed. A full load of washing is more energy efficient that two half loads. Use a cold rinse for your clothes.

 Tumble Dryers:

  • When drying clothes in a dryer, dry heavy articles separately from light articles and turn the dryer off as soon as the clothes are dry - don't over dry the clothes!
  • Dry clothes naturally out of doors whenever possible.


  • Stop the dishwasher before the drying cycle and open the door to let the dishes air dry and always use the economy button where possible


  • Don't let frost build up in the freezer compartment as this increases energy consumption. Remember to defrost and clean the inside of your refrigerator and freezer at least every 6 months and make sure they are positioned in a cool place, not next to the cooker or boiler or where possible not in the path of direct sunlight.
  • Check that the door seals on the refrigerator and freezer are tight fitting - the seals hold a 5 euro note in place when the door is closed.
  • Don't put warm or hot food straight into the freezer - let it cool down first.


  • In a microwave oven, arrange unevenly shaped items with the thickest portion to the outside. Stir or turn the food over to speed up cooking time. Remember a microwave is more efficient than a cooker for reheating food.  

Electric Ovens:

  • The oven is expensive to use - try to use it as sparingly and efficiently as possible. Where possible use it for more than just one item and remember you can cook at a higher temperature at the top of the oven, and simultaneously at a lower temperature at the bottom.
  • Do not open the oven door to check cooking - every time you do so you lose 20% of the accumulated heat.

Toasters & Kettles:

  • The toaster is more energy efficient than the grill for toasting bread.
  • When making tea or coffee, boil only the amount of water required (but make sure the heating elements of electric kettles are covered!)
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