Small Appliance Tips
- Boil water using an electric kettle with an automatic off-switch, instead of a using a stovetop kettle.
- Boil only as much water as you need. For example, don’t fill the kettle up if you are only making one cup of tea.
- A good way to remember to turn off and unplug small appliances is to remove from the countertop after use. For example, keep your toaster or coffee maker in a cupboard, instead of ‘plugged-in’ on the counter.
- Try to sweep floors with a broom instead of using a vacuum cleaner.
- Don’t use your hair dryer, straightening iron or curling iron on the highest setting. Try to let your hair ‘air dry’ when possible.
- For appliances that need to heat up – such as hot rollers or a clothes iron -- do not plug the devices in too early before use &then leave the room to do something else. Small appliances will heat up quickly.
- Finish all your clothes ironing at one time.
- When buying small appliances such as a coffee maker, look for the ENERGY STAR ® label. ENERGY STAR ® approved appliances can use up to 50 per cent less energy then older models.