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Change Your Appliance Settings

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Adjust your Fridge Settings, Lower your Water Heater Temperatures

Raising your refrigerator’s temperature setting from 35 to 38 degrees and lowering your hot water heater temperature to 120 degrees can save energy and money. It’s just a few degrees that you won’t even notice. It also won’t affect the operation of your appliances, and it’s free and easy to do!

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Watch the video from the Department of Energy on how to lower your water heating temperature.

For the best refrigerator temperature to save energy and keep your food cold, visit this helpful ENERGY STAR guide.


Lower energy bills and reduced risk of scalding are the biggest incentives to make these changes. If your refrigerator or hot water heater are outdated and due for replacement, you may qualify for a rebate.


To find out if there are rebates for ENERGY STAR refrigerators or water heating systems, visit your utility’s website, and the ENERGY STAR Rebate Finder.


Montgomery County offers a $250 tax credit for buying energy efficiency appliances.

Presidents Day Weekend each year, Maryland declares it the Shop Maryland Energy Tax Free Weekend. For 3 days, buying some ENERGY STAR appliances are tax free.  Learn more. 

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