- Preheat oven only for baked foods that require precise temperatures such as breads, cookies, and cakes. Casseroles, roasts, and broiled foods don’t need to go into a warm oven.
- Vacuum the refrigerator coils twice a year. Dirty coils make the refrigerator work harder and use more energy.
- Turn your oven off about five minutes before cooking time is complete.
- When a 1/4 inch layer of frost has accumulated, it is time to defrost. Frost acts as an insulator and forces the appliance to work harder.
- Clean the lint filter after every load of laundry. This decreases the drying time and increases the airflow.
- Use a covered pan to boil water. It will use less energy and is much faster.
- Use microwave ovens to save energy and reduce cooking time.
- Consider washing and drying dishes by hand, rather than using a dishwasher.
When cooking – don’t continually open oven door to check on food, you lose 20% of your heat every time the door is opened.
What does this program do?
Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.
Who may apply?
• Agricultural producers with at least 50% of gross income coming from agricultural operations, and
• Small businesses in eligible rural areas. (continue reading)