How to Save Energy in the Kitchen
As the hub of any household, the kitchen is one of the most frequently used rooms. Cutting back on the electricity used in your kitchen is a surefire way to find savings on your energy bill. Just follow these tips and see what you could save!
- Keep the lids on your pans. Not only does this prevent heat waste, it will also cook your food faster and use less energy.
- Use the right size pan in the kitchen. A 6-inch pan on an 8-inch burner will waste more than 40% of the heat produced.
- Turn off electric burners. Switch burners off a few minutes before you’re done cooking. The residual heat will finish the job.
- Clean your reflector pans. The reflector pans on your stovetop reflect heat upward and work best when they aren’t blocked by grease. A clean pan is an efficient pan.
- Use cold water for cooking. It heats faster and costs you less.
- Don’t open the oven to check on your dinner. It lowers the temp by 25 degrees and wastes energy. Use the light instead.
- Use small appliances. Instead of the oven, use small appliances such as a microwave, toaster oven or slow cooker. They use less energy and won’t add much heat to your home.
- Get rid of your extra fridge. Using a second refrigerator can cost an extra $120 a year. Unplug it and save.
- Keep your fridge full. Pack cold items together to keep your fridge cool. It’s more efficient than an empty one.
- Cover food and drinks in the fridge. Uncovered goods release moisture that makes the fridge work harder.
- Set the right temperature. The ideal temperature for your refrigerator is 37-40 degrees Fahrenheit. For the freezer it’s 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything colder just wastes energy.
- Unplug unused appliances. Electronics, such as your coffee maker or toaster, can still suck power from the outlet, even when they aren’t being used. Unplug appliances to save.
- Wash full loads of dishes. If you wait until the dishwasher is full to run it, you’ll run it less over its lifetime and save on water heating costs too.
- Air dry your dishes. Instead of using your dishwasher’s heat dry function, open the machine and let your dishes air dry to save energy.
- Buy ENERGY STAR appliances. If you’re looking to upgrade outdated kitchen appliances, find models with the ENERGY STAR label. They use less electricity than non-certified models.