It is possible that you have come across the Energy Star program if you want all of your appliances to be energy-efficient. For those who don’t know, your appliance should meet strict efficiency requirements and perform better than average to be qualified in the program.  

To help you, here are several washer, dryer, & fridge maintenance tips to keep your units working well, whether you’ve got new, energy-efficient appliances or older, non-energy Star appliances.  


To dry your bulky winter-weather gear in the winter, the dryer will operate extra hard. You have to ensure it operates safely and efficiently all winter. Here are several tips: 

  • When it is cold outside in the winter, hang clothing on an indoor drying rack. 
  • Dry clothes batches that have the same drying times. 
  • After each load, you should clean the lint filter. This will help you avoid a fire hazard and dry your clothes quicker.  
  • In order for the dryer to not completely cool off before turning back on, you should dry batches back to back. 
  • Before transferring them to the dryer, to get as much water out of your clothes, utilize a faster spin cycle on your washing machine.  


Cold winter nights might urge your family to eat at your house. This leads to more dishes. Here are several tips you can take to ensure your washer is efficiently working: 

  • Throughout the day, you should drink from the same water bottle or cup. This avoids using a lot of glasses and lowers the number of dishes you have to clean every week. 
  • In favor of heat drying, you should utilize the air-drying option. 
  • To save water, skip the pre-rinse. The latest dishwashers are strong enough to clean plates that are soiled.  
  • Before you operate a load, wait until the washer is full. Whenever you are washing smaller batches, make sure you utilize the eco or half-load option. 


It is simple to ignore your freezer and fridge. This is particularly true if you’ve got additional ones out in your garage. However, these units eat power almost every time. To help boost your energy efficiency, you have to maintain your freezer and fridge using these tips: 

  • When ice-buildup reaches ½ inch thick, you should defrost the freezer and fridge.  
  • To help it keep cold air in where it belongs and seal more tightly, replace the door gasket. 
  • To get rid of debris and dust buildup, you need to vacuum the condenser coils on the underside or back of your refrigerator. 
  • You have to ensure that your freezer or fridge has at least 1 inch of clearance on every side. 

Washing Machine 

Compared to summer clothes, winter outfits are bulkier and bigger. Because of this, your washing machine will have to work more. Here are several tips you can take: 

  • Look for an Energy Star qualified front-loading machine whenever you replace your washing machine.  
  • For as many batches as possible, utilize cold water.  
  • Operate complete batches. Set the water level lower for smaller loads whenever you simply cannot wait.