Thursday, April 28, 2011

Taking Care of Things

We all know that a lot of money can be saved when we take care of our things. We don’t have to change appliances every now and then if we know how to maintain them.

Here are simple tips to follow for appliance care and maintenance.


  • Do not put the refrigerator too close to the wall. A 4 inches distance will be fine to allow heat release from the condenser coils.
  • Do not place your refrigerator near the stove.
  • Do not place your refrigerator in direct sunlight.
  • Do not place hot foods inside the refrigerator. Allow it to cool first. Preferably at room temperature.
  • Defrost regularly.
  • Open the refrigerator doors only when necessary.

Television Set

  • Switch off television set when no one is watching.
  • Do not place anything on top of the television set.
  • Unplug it.
  • Do not use standby mode because it uses 10% of the television consumption when it is turned on.

Microwave Oven

  • Make sure that the microwave is clean before and after using.
  • Make sure to set the proper time and temperature.
  • Uncover the food storage before putting it inside the oven.
  • Do not use foil or plastic as this may cause fire.
  • Use glass pans.

Rice Cooker

  • Cook just in time for meal time so to avoid prolonged usage of keep warm option.
  • Unplug the power cord when not in use.
  • Clean the heating element. Remove all foreign objects.


  • Maintain cleanliness of the stove.
  • Turn-off the gas tank after cooking.
  • When using electric stove, unplug it five minutes before the meal cooks. The heat from the coils is enough to cook it.

Personal Computer/laptop

  • Buy energy efficient computers and laptops.
  • Switch off the monitor of your computer when in standby mode. Computer monitors consume electricity while in standby mode.
  • Choose the right monitor size according to your need.
  • Unplug the unit when not in use.

Air Conditioner

  • Install air conditioners in a cool area.
  • Insulate your room.
  • Make sure that the thermostat is functioning correctly.
  • Check the filter once a month and replace it when needed.
  • Regularly clean the condenser of your unit.

Electric Fan

  • Clean your fans regularly as they tend to accumulate dust. Your fans will produce cooler air when clean.
  • Unplug when not in use.

Washing Machine

  • Maximize the use of your washing machine. Use proper amount of water corresponding to the volume of your clothes.
  • Use proper amount of detergent.
  • Wash and dry it every after use.

Clothes Iron

  • Iron clothes in batches.
  • Iron first your pants, then your blouses/shirts. The heat of the iron is enough to iron small pieces like handkerchiefs even if it is unplugged.
  • Do not overheat the iron.
  • It is better to iron at night or when the weather is cool. Irons are more efficient at this conditions.

~Till then

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