14 Energy- Saving Tips for the Kitchen

Conserve energy and save on utility bills
Conserve energy and save on utility bills | Source

14 Simple Energy Saving Tips for the Kitchen

Most of us are creatures of habit, especially when it comes to routine actions. When was the last time you hit on a great idea and said to yourself, “Now why didn’t I think of that?”

We should all be doing our best to save and conserve energy. Both ecologically and economically, energy conservation is a major issue these days.

Follow these 14 Simple Tips and save on your energy bills.

Save money by using small electric appliances

Use electric frying pan to save energy
Use electric frying pan to save energy | Source
A crock pot will save you energy and money.
A crock pot will save you energy and money. | Source

Use Less Energy With These Tips

1. Fit the pot or pan to the burner. A small pot or pan on a large element wastes heat, and a large pot on a small element is inefficient.

2. Whenever practical, use small cooking appliances such as an electric frying pan, instead of your stove. These small units are energy-efficient and throw less heat into your kitchen.

3. To conserve energy when using the stovetop units on an electric range, turn off burners a short time before cooking is complete. With electric burners, the cooking process often continues for as long as 5 minutes after the burner is turned off.

4. You’ll use less energy when cooking if you cook with as little water as possible because small amounts heat more quickly.

Tips for saving energy while cooking

To save even more energy, boil water with the lid on.
To save even more energy, boil water with the lid on. | Source

Put a Lid On It


5. This is a good energy-saving tip. Put a lid on the pan you are using because water boils faster when covered.

6. Want to save on heat cost? Don’t turn on an element or burner until the pot or pan is on the stove. If you’re going to simmer, turn down the heat as soon as the liquid reaches the boiling stage. Adjust the setting to just keep the contents boiling. A higher setting wastes energy.

7. Keep the bottom of the pans clean because a layer of soot decrease heating efficiency on any type of stove. Shiny pans are particularly efficient on an electric range.

Energy-SavingTips When Using The Oven

8. To save energy when using the oven, don’t preheat it unless required. If you must preheat, put the food in as soon as the oven reaches the desired temperature. Cook as many items as possible at one time. Also, if you have a double oven, use the smaller one whenever possible.

9. Each time you open the oven door a great deal of heat escapes, so conserve energy by minimizing the number of times you peek at the food inside. Especially in the summer months, this applies as it puts an added strain on your air conditioner. Use the oven light to check the food as much as possible.

10. A self-cleaning oven will use less energy if you start the cleaning cycler right after cooking, when the oven will already be on its way to the high temperature needed for cleaning.

Clean Your Oven With Soda

How to Conserve Refrigerator Energy

11. To conserve refrigerator and/or freezer energy by minimizing loss of cold air, plan ahead and put in or take out as many items as possible each time you open the refrigerator.

12. Make sure your refrigerator is standing level. If it is’nt, it may be working harder than necessary, therefore using more energy.

13. To test the gasket on your refrigerator, close the door on a dollar bill. If the bill pulls out easily, the gasket needs replacing.

14. A good way to keep your freezer from expending too much energy is to put it at the lowest setting that keeps ice cream firm. If your ice cream is rock-hard, the setting is unnecessarily high.

I hope that you have found some of these tips helpful and useful. Be sure to:

Reduce your Cooking Time...

...before you start, by defrosting frozen foods in the refrigerator before cooking. With conventional ovens, keep preheat time to a minimum.

...while you cook, by keeping oven racks clear. Don’t lay foil on the racks and, if possible, stagger multiple pans to improve air flow. Avoid peeking into the oven as you cook. On an electric burner or in the oven, turn off the heat just before the cooking is finished to prevent overcooking.

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Which of these energy-saving tips will you be following?

  • Adding a lid when boiling water
  • Making sure my fridge is standing level
  • Keeping the bottom of pans clean
  • Cooking with smaller amounts of water
  • Fit the pan to the burner
  • Use electrical appliances when possible
  • All of the above - I'm reducing the energy I use
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Comments 55 comments

RunAbstract profile image

RunAbstract 6 years ago from USA

Very good tips. It's the little things that add up! So glad you shared this great information! Thanks!


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

RunAbstract - Thank you for being the first to comment on my hub. It really is the little steps we take each day that make a big difference in saving energy. Eager to begin reading your hubs. Again...I thank you.


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msorensson 6 years ago

All wonderful suggestions, vocalcoach. Thank you for all of them. Much appreciated!!


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Fiddleman 6 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Great ideas and great ways to save energy and money


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Veru good advice and I learned a few tips.


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Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

Very good tips audrey dear. Thanks for taking the time to share.


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

Wow ! so many good ideas. Thank you.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Anything that has to do with cooking or energy saving, has to be a no-brainer for me, so I thank you, Audrey, for these so easy to understand tips. :)


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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

This is such useful information - thank you.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Awesomely useful! God bless my Dear!


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

msorensson - I am always happy to get tips for saving energy. Glad you liked them. Thank you Melinda, dear lady!


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Shane Belceto 6 years ago from WA USA

Good tips and yes some are a flat forhead moment for me smiles. Except number 2 at the top at some points need some of that heat to get into the kitchen so we can move about enough to finish the cooking lol

~Expect Miracles


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Shane Belceto - I know just what you mean. Had my oven door more than I really needed as I check ed the turkey - it was so cold and feeling the heat from the oven felt so good (not to mention the wonderful aroma). Thanks to you Shane. Oh, I love your "Expect Miracles" - very powerful!


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Betty Reid 6 years ago from Texas

Great tips! I was wondering how to save my own energy in the kitchen ;)


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Betty - Every little bit helps. Glad you could use these tips. Thank you my friend!


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Amber Allen 6 years ago

Hi Audrey

A hub full of sound practical energy saving tips which will help anyone who reads it. Rated up!

Amber:)


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Amber - I thank you for rating my hub up. I think we all need to save energy anyway we can. Glad you liked these tips. Thanks and the best to you.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

acaetnna - Sometimes we forget just a few easy and simple changes can save energy. I like your comments. Thanks


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Fiddleman - You are so kind to comment on my small contribution here. Thank you!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

hello, hello - it is always so nice to see you. Thank you for taking time to read my hub. How wonderful that these tips have helped you save a little energy. Have an amazing day, for you are an amazing lady!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

drbj - Yes! So glad I have the opportunity to share a few helpful hints on saving energy. Great. Thank you, dear drbj. :-)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Dim - How nice to see you. I always light up with a smile when you stop by and leave me a comment. Hope your life is a joy and that you are thriving. :-)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Judicastro - Thank you, my friend for finding these tips useful. I pray that the New Year will bring you good health, prosperity and more love than your sweet heart can hold. :-)


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TINA V 5 years ago

This is a useful hub. You've shared practical tips to save energy and money. I usually use a timer whenever I cook or bake in the oven. In this way, I could minimize opening it to save heat energy.


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firman afandi 5 years ago

great tips.. nice hub


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Micky you are so supportive. I always know when I write a hub, my Micky will always be there with a comment to encourage me. Thank you :)

Tina V - I like your timer idea very much. Thank you for adding yet another good tip for saving energy!

firman afandi - So very pleased to see you here. Thank you for visiting and have a great day!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Some of these are so simple and yet I didn't know about them like putting the lid on the pot, cleaning the bottom of the pan and the dollar test. Voting this Up and Useful.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

vocal coach....positively super-saver hub...I'm all for anything and everything that helps us to save, conserve & incorporate......Oh, as long as you're handing out helpful tips....Can you SAVE ME from the Kitchen, in GENERAL??? please?


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TasticAdvisor 4 years ago from Rochester

Thanks for the great energy saving tips. I remembered the dollar bill trick from somewhere else, but had forgotten it until I read it here. I also use a small counter-top convection oven whenever possible to avoid having to heat up the entire regular size oven for something small.


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jessicasol 4 years ago

I appreciate your nice hub. Thanks for sharing the great energy saving tips hub with us.

Thumbs up :)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

alocsin = Why thank you so much for your comment and vote. I use the "lid on the pan" to boil water all the time. It's one of my favorites.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

fpherj48 - Hahaha! I'll work on this! :-) Too funny!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

TasticAdvisor - I'm with you and the convection oven. Thanks for adding this great tip. It really is a huge money saver.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

jessica - I'm so glad to see you here and love your nice comments. Thanks so much!


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Great tips! I always wondered about the pan/burner size issue. I always match the pan to the burner size because it bugs me to see a small pan on a huge burner. Aesthetics, ya know! But now I know it is also energy-saving. Awesome.

I've also learned that pre-heating is very rarely necessary. I pre-heat cast iron skillets for corn bread. That's it. All the other food cooks just as well without it. Voting and sharing!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Sharkye11 - Thanks for the tip about pre-heating. Good to know that. Love your comments. Have a great day!


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

These are energy saving tips that are so doable and easy. Great job! Voted useful and shared!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

rebeccamealey - Thanks so much. Really appreciate the vote and sharing!


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

vocalcoach, these are excellent tips. A lot of these tips I had no idea about, but this hub will make me more conscience about saving energy going forward. I will definitely pin this.


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jpcmc 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Great tips. I love the ice cream test :) Here's another reason to buy ice cream. LOL


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The Reminder 3 years ago from Canada

For a second I read Put a ring on it instead of put a lid on it. Useful and interesting hub. Voted up!


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jenbeach21 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Really great information. I am constantly closing the refrigerator door behind my children. Shared and voted up!


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Awesome hub! Don't we all need to know this info. I just learned something new today-"shiny pans are particularly efficient on an electric range." -- make sense if you think of the heat conductor.

Lol, you also got me up my butt to test the gasket on our refrigerator while reading this and closing the door on a dollar bill. Well, happy to note, it passed the test and the ref is still on great shape and condition.

Up, pinning and sharing.


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

Useful tips.

Thanks :)


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

jpcmc - I agree. Any reason to stock the freezer with ice cream works for me :) So happy you came by. Thanks!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

The Reminder - Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my hub. I appreciate the vote up!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

jenbeach21 - I'm glad you found this information useful. I remember years ago when I, too constantly closed the frig door behind my kids :) Thanks for the vote up and for sharing.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

CrisSp - Awesome comments! Glad to hear your refrigerator gasket passed the dollar bill test :) Thanks for the vote, pinning and sharing!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Ruchira - Thanks for finding these tips useful. Take care, my friend.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Audrey, these are great tips. I currently use most of them with the exception of utilizing electric cooking utensils. The only electrics I have are the toaster and coffee maker. I love the baking soda/water tip for cleaning the oven. It's so much more environmentally friendly in addition to eliminating chemicals from roiling around your foods as the bake or roast.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

bravewarrior - Sounds like you have it all under control. It's surprising how much you can save on energy by sticking to some of these tips. Glad you like the baking soda/water for oven cleaning. Sending you a 'happy hug' ~ Audrey


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AudreyHowitt 22 months ago from California

Useful and practical Audrey!!


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida

I'm all for saving energy in any way possible. Thanks for these tips! I'll try baking soda in the oven from now on.


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Pollyanna Jones 22 months ago from United Kingdom

Some great tips here! We also use a slow cooker. In the morning before I go to work, I add all of the ingredients, then leave it going. By the time I get home I have a tasty meal that is made with a fraction of the energy that the oven would use. Meat cooked in it just melts in the mouth, you can't beat it for tenderness. I love to use it for stews best of all, but there is plenty that you can cook in these appliances.


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vocalcoach 22 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Audrey!

I'm pleased to hear that you liked my hub. And, gee, I see that you've shared this. A big thanks to you!

mary615

Baking soda sprinkled all over the oven (let it sit for a while) really does the trick for me. Sometimes I add a squeeze of lemon or vinegar on stubborn spots.

Thanks Mary.

Pollyanna Jones

How nice to find you here! Thanks for the great advice about using the slow cooker. This is a good addition to this hub for saving energy. Others will benefit from reading your comments. I know I have. :)

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