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Posted: September 30, 2019|
Looking to Recycle Your Fridge? We've Got You Covered
As of 2017, 22 states, including New Jersey, have banned refrigerators and other major appliances from landfills. This means, if you are looking to dispose of an old fridge, it must be recycled. As appliance experts, we wanted to give you the facts about the correct recycling practices and why they need to be done.
Why recycle your fridge?
Refrigerators contain refrigerants, oils, and other compounds that, by federal law, must be removed and recovered. Once those items are removed, the steel, other metals, and selected parts can be recycled. New Jersey's recycling program also captures the foam insulation inside the refrigerator doors, which can give off ozone-depleting gasses as it decomposes.
How can you recycle your fridge?
The good news is, there are several options for you to recycle your fridge:
- Contact the New Jersey Clean Energy Program (NJCEP): This program offers an incentive to customers willing to give up their older, energy-wasting refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners. NJCEP will arrange for pick-up of your old appliances and ensure that they are recycled in an environmentally responsible manner. You can find out more about this appliance recycling program on the NJCEP website or by calling them directly at 866-655-6278.
- Ask Your Local Appliance Retailer: If you're purchasing a new appliance, ask your salesperson if the store will take away your old unit. For example, Reno's Appliance will deliver your new refrigerator and dispose of your old one in an environmentally responsible way, in accordance with state and federal regulations, at no extra charge. We also have a robust recycling program for the styrofoam that's used in the packaging of appliances.
- Purchase an ENERGY STAR® rated refrigerator: Your old fridge will be automatically recycled when you buy an ENERGY STAR rated model from a retailer that partners with the EPA's Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program. RAD partners ensure that old appliances are properly recycled and disposed of. Plus, by purchasing an ENERGY STAR appliance, you know you'll get high-quality performance while doing what's right for the planet.
- Donate your old unit: If you're getting rid of a functional product that is less than 5 years old, consider donating it. For example, Habitat for Humanity will often accept newer, working appliances.
- Contact your municipality: Many towns and cities have curbside pick-up programs for residents. They typically sell the old appliances to recyclers, scrap metal companies, or other third parties, providing a revenue stream for your town.
- Call an Appliance Recycling Center: Your local appliance recycling center might offer you a bit of cash for your old appliances. Plus, you know that they'll take the proper steps to ensure all hazardous materials are dealt with responsibly.
The bottom line is that recycling your fridge is the right thing to do, and there are plenty of options that make it easy for you. If you are planning on getting rid of an old, inefficient fridge, then be sure you have a new one to replace it. Stop by Reno's showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of ENERGY STAR-rated refrigerators.
Posted: September 23, 2019|
All You Need to Know About Touch Control Cooktops
Touch control cooktops are all the rage these days. People everywhere are upgrading their older cooktops in favor of these more modern appliances, despite the fact that they are slightly more expensive than more conventional models with knob controls. Are touch control cooktops worth the hype and the additional investment? At Reno's Appliance, we are New Jersey's kitchen appliance experts and wanted to give you 6 reasons why we think touch control cooktops are worth the investment:
- Wide availability: Touch control cooktops are available in gas, electric, or induction models. You don't have to give up your preferred heat source for touch control convenience. Be sure to check out the showroom at Reno's Appliance for our large selection of cooktops.
- Precise temperature control: No more guesswork when trying to get the heat level just right. Touch control cooktops allow you to zero in on exact temperatures for better cooking results.
- Easier clean-up: With a touch control cooktop, you won’t have to worry about any gunk build-up behind the knobs, so that's one less thing to clean. And, without bulky knobs in the way, you can easily clean your cooktop surface. Just a simple spray of your favorite cleaner and a swipe of the sponge is enough to clean up most spills. Just be sure to wait until the surface has cooled down first
- Safety: Most touch control cooktops come with built-in safety features. For example, you can lock the temperature controls so you don't accidentally turn on the cooktop. This is an especially important feature if you have children in the house who are at an age where they love to explore and touch everything.
- Aesthetics: The knobs of traditional cooktops are typically located in the front of the unit, which means they usually extend a few inches past the cabinetry. Touch control cooktops, on the other hand, have no knobs, so they're more sleek and stylish than traditional models, and perfect for any modern kitchen.
- Added features: Of course, touch controls offer added features not available with knobs, such as pre-programmable stop times on each burner. Not only does this help save energy, but it also prevents overcooked meals. Some gas touch control cooktops also have technology that automatically re-ignites any burner that may unexpectedly go out.
Touch control cooktops may be a bit more expensive than traditional models, but we think that you definitely get what you pay for. If you're thinking about upgrading to a touch control cooktop, then come to Reno's Appliance. We have an extensive inventory of cooktops from some of the best brands, including Dacor, Wolf, Bosch, and more.
Reno's Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno's Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno's sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father, exhibiting exceptional customer service. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection. We have every appliance you could possibly need.
Posted: September 16, 2019|
If Your Dishwasher Is Getting Moldy, Try These Tips
You might be surprised to learn that your dishwasheris a breeding ground for mold since it cleans itself every time you run it. But remember, your dishwasher provides 3 things mold loves—moisture, warmth, and old food. So, if your dishwasher is getting moldy, here are some tips to help get rid of it, preventing new mold from growing.
When your dishwasher starts getting moldy, there are a few ways to remove it:
- Bleach. The perfect mold killer, bleach also removes mildew stains and eliminates other bacteria that may be growing in your dishwasher. Dilute 1 cup of bleach in a gallon of water and use a stiff brush to scrub the inside of your dishwasher with the bleach solution. Use a toothbrush to get into small crevices and around door gaskets (mold also loves to grow on rubber). After you're done scrubbing, run the dishwasher on an empty cycle.
- Vinegar. The king of kitchen cleaning, vinegar kills a wide variety of mold and fungi. Fill a dishwasher-safe container with 1 cup of distilled white vinegar. Place the container uncovered on the top rack of your empty dishwasher and start a hot-wash cycle. The vinegar will work to remove grime and mold that may have accumulated around the dishwasher. Once the cycle ends, you may need to scrub away any stubborn bits of mold that may remain.
- Baking soda. After you do a major clean with either bleach or vinegar, you can finish the job and deodorize your dishwasher with baking soda. To do so, sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the bottom of your empty dishwasher and let it sit overnight. The next morning, run a short hot water cycle. Any remaining odors or mold will be eliminated.
Now that you've cleaned your appliance, you’re going to want to use these tips to keep your dishwasher from getting moldy again.
- Scrape your plates: Mold and mildew require nutrients to grow, and they find them in the food particles left behind in your dishwasher. The easiest way to prevent food from accumulating in your dishwasher is to scrape your plates and bowls into the garbage really well before placing them in the dishwasher. But, there's no need to pre-rinse.
- Clean the filter: Food particles also collect in the plastic filter at the bottom of most dishwashers. Removing the filter and cleaning it regularly prevents food buildup. Removal instructions vary depending on the machine, so check your owner’s manual. But generally, the filter is located in the bottom of the dishwasher and can be lifted out by hand.
- Clean door gaskets: Mold loves to grow under the door gaskets because that area never really gets washed or dried. Get in the habit of pulling back the gaskets and wiping them down about once a week.
- Reduce moisture: Mold only grows in moist environments. One of the best ways to reduce moisture in your dishwasher is to open the dishwasher door completely to let all of steam and water evaporate. This is also a better way to dry your dishes than using a dish towel.
- Use the sanitize cycle: Many of today's dishwashers have extra features, including a sanitize cycle. If you have a sanitize cycle on your machine, then use it at least twice a month.
If your dishwasher is getting moldy, then be sure to try the tips above. It’s not hard to clean and prevent mold. You just have to get in the habit of doing it. However, if this advice came too late to save your old moldy dishwasher, then it might be time for an upgrade. Stop by Reno's Appliance to check out our extensive inventory of dishwashers. We carry brands that are known for their dependability and durability, including Frigidaire, Bosch, Whirlpool, and many others.
Posted: September 09, 2019|
Tips for Making S'mores Inside
S'mores are a classic campfire summertime treat. Now that summer is coming to an end you might think that you'll have to wait until next year to enjoy all of that chocolatey, marshmallow goodness. But that's not true! You can easily make s'mores inside using your standard kitchen appliances. The good thing is, the recipe for s’mores never changes, but depending on which appliance you use, the cooking technique varies a bit. We break it all down below.
Making S'mores Inside Your Oven
Make a big batch of s'mores in the oven for a party or movie night.Ingredients
- 8 graham crackers broken in half
- 2 milk chocolate bars
- 8 marshmallows
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Lay half of the graham crackers on a cookie sheet.
- Place 2 sections of chocolate on each graham cracker, and 1 marshmallow on top of the chocolate.
- Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake until the marshmallows are puffed and golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and top with the remaining graham crackers, pressing down slightly to make a sandwich. Serve immediately, while still warm.
Making S'mores Inside Your Toaster Oven
If it's not worth turning on the big oven, toaster ovens are ideal for making a handful of s'mores.Ingredients
Same as above.Directions
- Preheat toaster oven to 350 degrees.
- Place 3 or 4 graham cracker halves on a foil-lined baking sheet.
- Place 2 sections of chocolate on each graham cracker, and 1 marshmallow on top of the chocolate.
- Place the baking sheet in the toaster oven and bake for 3 minutes.
- Remove from the toaster oven and top with the remaining graham crackers, pressing down slightly to make a sandwich. Serve immediately, while still warm.
Making S'mores Inside Your Microwave
Microwaves are perfect for making just 1 or 2 s'mores for yourself or your kids.Ingredients
Same as above.Directions
- Place half of a graham cracker on a microwave-safe plate.
- Place 2 sections of chocolate on the graham cracker, and 1 marshmallow on top of the chocolate.
- Microwave the dish for 15 seconds.
- Remove the dish from the microwave and top with the other half of the graham cracker, pressing down slightly to make a sandwich. Serve immediately, while still warm.
Making S'mores on the Stovetop
This is as close as you’ll get to the s'mores you make around the campfire.Ingredients
Same as above.Directions
- Place half of a graham cracker on a plate and top it with 2 sections of chocolate.
- Turn on your gas rangetop.
- Using a skewer, pick up a marshmallow and hold it over the flame.
- Let the marshmallow catch fire for a few seconds. Then, blow it out and turn off the flame. Be sure to use caution when making s'mores this way.
- Use the skewer to place the charred marshmallow on top of the chocolate. Cover the marshmallow with the other half of the graham cracker and press down while taking the skewer out. Serve immediately, while still warm.
Whether you want to make s'mores inside or you need appliances for any other reason, stop by Reno's Appliance in Paterson, NJ. We offer the highest-quality kitchen appliances from the world's top brands.
Stay Neat With These Chest Freezer Organization Tips
Chest freezers are very popular because they can hold so much food in such a relatively small space. The trouble with chest freezers, however, is that they are just big open containers, so you have no choice but to pile things on top of each other. Sooner or later, you'll find yourself digging down into the abyss for your frozen items. It may be frustrating, not to mention expensive because you’ll wind up throwing away forgotten foods that are no longer safe to eat. If this sounds like a familiar scenario, try these 8 chest freezer organization tips.
- Start with a purge: Before you can embrace chest freezer organization, you'll need to go through what you have in there now. Take everything out, throw away what’s no longer good, and save what you can. If possible, place items in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator while you continue to organize your chest freezer.
- Use bags, bins, and tags: Pick up plastic bins and canvas bags at your local hardware store or dollar store. You can also use sturdy cardboard boxes. Use labels or tags to assign a food item to each container. For example, one container should just be for chicken, another for beef, another for frozen meals, another for fruits and vegetables, and so on. The bags and bins can be easily stacked, moved, and rearranged as needed. Most important of all, you'll find what you need quickly.
- Freeze items flat: This chest freezer organization tip will save you a ton of space, especially if you like to cook big batches of soups, stews, and sauces ahead of time. Instead of storing your meals in clunky storage containers, you can pour them into freezer bags, freeze them flat in your fridge's freezer, and then store them upright in the chest freezer for the long term. Just be sure to write what's in the bag along with the date you placed it in the freezer.
- Create an inventory: This just might be the most important chest freezer organization tip. When you know what's in your chest freezer, write it all down on a whiteboard or a chalkboard. As you pull things out, you can simply erase the item from the list. Add foods to the list when they go in, along with the date. It'll quickly become a habit.
- Label everything: We've talked about labeling, but it's worth repeating as a stand-alone chest freezer organization tip. Label and date everything that goes in there. You might think you'll remember what a certain item is, but in a few months, you won't be able to tell marinara from strawberry preserves, or chicken cutlets from pork chops.
- Follow the FIFO rule: FIFO means "first in, first out." This is standard inventory practice that simply means eat the older frozen stuff first. And if you've labeled and dated everything, then this should be a no-brainer.
- Keep it accessible: The tops of chest freezers are magnets for clutter, and we understand why. They are big, flat spaces that are seemingly begging for people to throw jackets, bookbags, papers, and other stuff on top. However, that clutter can be an impediment to you actually using what's in the freezer. Make a family rule: "Nothing goes on top of the freezer."
- Pack it for efficiency: A full chest freezer is an energy-efficient freezer. If you have any extra space after you’ve loaded it up, add some water bottles until it's full. This helps you save money on electricity costs and helps keep the freezer cold should the power go out.
Having a chest freezer full of food is a good feeling. But, a freezer full of food doesn't do you any good if it's so disorganized and you're too intimidated to use it. Use the chest freezer organization tips above to make the best use possible of your chest freezer.
Are you interested in getting a chest freezer for your home? Reno's Appliance carries top-of-the-line freezers from the best brands, including GE, Whirlpool, Avanti, and more. Stop by our showroom, conveniently located in Paterson, New Jersey to see for yourself!