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You can count on Consumers Energy's Appliance Service Plan for your appliance repair and maintenance needs. But you can also Count on Us for helpful tips to keep your appliances energy efficient and running smoothly.


  • During the winter, clean your fiber furnace filter every month. Change it twice a year.
  • Clean drain lines. Furnace hoses can get clogged, even causing water to back up into the furnace.
  • Check your heat vents and return air vents to make sure they're not covered.


  • Use high-efficiency detergent. Regular detergent creates too many suds, affecting washing and rinsing performance.
  • Run full loads, when possible, because clothes washers use the same amount of energy regardless of load size.
  • Wash in cold water, whenever possible. 90 percent of the energy it takes to operate a clothes washer is consumed by water heating.


  • Improve hot air flow. Stagger pans on upper and lower racks and avoid covering racks with foil.
  • Use glass or ceramic pans in the oven. Foods cook just as quickly at temperatures 25 degrees lower.
  • For ranges/stoves, match the size of the pan to the heating element. Less heat will be lost to the surrounding air.


  • Turning your water heater down to 115°F provides enough hot water for most household uses.
  • Drain your hot water heater at least twice a year. Letting it drain until the water runs clear flushes out dissolved minerals that build up inside the heater.
  • Wrap up the water heater with an insulating, fire-retardant tank blanket you can find at your local hardware store. This reduces heat loss.


  • Dry heavier cottons (such as towels) in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
  • Clean the lint filter after every load. It will improve air circulation.
  • Using the cool-down cycle allows clothes to finish drying with heat left in the dryer.


  • Before warm weather starts, clean indoor and outdoor coils. Dirty coils reduce cooling efficiency and causes system to run longer.


  • Your refrigerator should be placed in a cool location, away from heat sources such as direct sunlight or the range.
  • Defrost whenever frost gets 1/4 inch thick. Since frost is an insulator, it makes your refrigerator work harder to keep foods frozen.
  • Keep your refrigerator temperature between 38 and 40°F and your freezer's temperature between 0 and 5°F.