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Appliances & electronics

Appliances Tips

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The ENERGY STAR® symbol identifies models that ensure they are among the most energy efficient in their class and do not compromise performance. The energy used by appliances like refrigerators and clothes washers can make up to a quarter of your electricity bill. Consider switching to ENERGY STAR® certified appliances, which are up to 50 percent more efficient than conventional models. They can pay for themselves in just a few years. The Yukon government offers rebates on a number of ENERGY STAR® certified appliances. Yukon Energy Corporation is partnering with the government on a fridge retirement program that could save you alot of money.


Wash your clothes in cold water

  • Water heating constitutes up to 90 percent of the energy consumption of washing machines, and hot water is one of the biggest electricity users in our homes. It costs Yukoners on average $250/year. Switching to cold water washes can result in big savings!
  • You’ll keep your favourite clothes looking their best for longer.

Hang your clothes to dry. In summer, use a clothesline. In cooler temps, use a drying rack or string a clothesline in the basement

  • It costs close to $85 to run your dryer each year.
  • Clothes hung outside to dry smell fantastic. If they’re too stiff after hanging on a clothesline, five minutes in the dryer on “air dry” should loosen things up.

Keep your fridge and freezer well maintained to ensure they run efficiently

  • Clean the coils behind the fridge regularly and keep them dust free.
  • Regularly defrost the freezer; frost build-up of more than half a centimetre will decrease energy efficiency.
  • Make sure door seals are intact. To check, place a piece of paper between the door and the fridge. If the paper does not stay in place when the door is closed, the gasket may need to be adjusted or replaced. If the seal isn’t working properly, you could be leaking up to 15 percent of the cooled air it produces.
  • Ensure the compressor is working properly. If your compressor is struggling to cool your freezer, it’s using more energy than necessary.

Keep your fridge and freezer running at their ideal temperatures

  • The ideal temperature is between +1 and +4°C for the fridge and between -15 and -20°C for the freezer. If your appliance is outside of this range, adjust the temperature dial, then recheck the following day.
  • Your fridge or freezer work more efficiently when they are full, as the cold items help keep others items cold. If your fridge or freezer isn't full, fill plastic jugs of water and place them inside to help maintain a low temperature.


  • Always keep your appliances well-maintained so they can operate most efficiently.
  • Understand which appliances are drawing a lot of electricity in your home and unplug them when they’re not in use. Example: a single-cup coffee maker is like a small hot water tank. When plugged in all the time, it can contribute up to $10 a month to your electricity bill.
  • Use the smallest appliance possible when cooking. Where appropriate, a toaster oven or microwave will use less energy than an oven.
  • If you are using your stove, match the burner to the size of your pot and use a lid to conserve heat.
  • Wait until there’s a full load before running the dishwasher, and use the air dry cycle.
  • Only buy what you need and will use. Think twice about adding that wine chiller or lava lamp.


  • Hold off on running the washer until you have a full load of laundry.
  • If you do need to use your dryer:
    • Throw in a dry towel with the load; it speeds up the drying time.
    • Use the auto-dry sensor to cut down on drying time.
    • The cool-down or perma-press setting can also save energy and reduce fabric wear and shrinkage.
    • Fill the dryer before use, but don't overfill as that can lengthen drying time.
    • Clean the lint trap after each load and check the outside vent regularly for maximum efficiency.


  • Placement is important. Don’t place your fridge or freezer in an area that receives a lot of sun or where the temperature is high. It will have to work harder and use more electricity to stay cold. You should keep the fridge away from the stove and dishwasher if possible.
  • Allow hot foods to cool before placing them in the fridge or freezer. Adding hot foods will make your appliance work harder and use more electricity to cool the space.
  • Don’t leave the door open too long. Take what you need and close the door as quickly as possible to keep the temperature constant.
  • Arrange food to allow for air to flow throughout your fridge.
  • Consider getting rid of your second fridge or freezer. An older fridge could be costing you up to $100 in electricity each year, plus you can make money on your old fridge. Check here to find out how to dispose of your old fridge.

Electronics Tips

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ENERGY STAR® certified electronics reduce standby power and are more efficient than standard electronics. If every home in Canada switched to ENERGY STAR® certified electronics to reduce standby power consumption to one watt or less, Canada would save 3.9 terawatt-hours. That is equivalent to the electrical consumption of all households in Manitoba and Prince Edward Island combined.

Unplug electronics when they’re not being used (i.e. using standby power)

  • Electronics such as DVD players, televisions, alarm clocks, and cell phone chargers use power even when they are not being used. This can account for up to 10 percent of all electricity consumed in your home.
  • A smart power bar offers a convenient one-switch shut down to ensure all your unused electronics are unplugged at once. It's handy for:
    • A group of electronics frequently not turned off even when not in use (TV, set-top boxes, game consoles, stereo, speakers) *Just remember to plug your PVR into the always-on outlet to make sure your favourite TV shows still get recorded
    • Charging stations where you can plug all of your chargers into a single power bar
    • A group of electronics not frequently used (second TV, DVD player, audio system)
    • Your home office equipment (computer, monitor, speakers, printer, scanner, etc.)



  • Purchase an ENERGY STAR® certified TV. ENERGY STAR® TVs reduce the amount of standby power consumed to less than one watt of power while in off mode and up to 40 percent less energy when on.
  • Turn on the power-saving mode. Most new TVs have one that can activated by the user. 
  • Turn down the backlighting or brightness of your TV.
  • Avoid using screen savers on your computers; they cause monitors to consume the same amount of power as when they are running normally. The best way to protect the screen and save electricity at the same time is to enable your computer's power management feature to turn off the monitor after a certain period of inactivity.