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14 Energy- Saving Tips for the Kitchen
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 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
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
Energy saving cookware
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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