Ways to Save Energy in Your Kitchen
Did you know the kitchen typically uses the most energy compared to other rooms in a home?
From appliances to the oven, and from the sink to the refrigerator, something is always using energy in your kitchen. Fortunately, there are countless ways to start saving energy in your kitchen, and they are simple. You don’t need to replace all of your appliances in order to save energy in the kitchen! Start implementing these small changes everyday, and you’ll not only save energy, you’ll save money:
- Unplug all appliances when they aren’t in use: Appliances still use energy when you leave them plugged in. A great way to save energy is by unplugging every appliance when it is not in use.
- Be smart about drying your dishes: Air drying your dishes is the best way to save energy, but if you have a dishwasher, only run the dishwasher when it is completely full. Bonus if you use the “economy” setting on your dishwasher when you run it!
- Always keep oven burners and reflectors clean: When your stove top burners and reflectors are clean, they will reflect heat better, resulting in saving energy.
- Use smaller appliances whenever you can: Before you turn on the conventional oven, try to use smaller appliances whenever possible, including the microwave oven, toaster oven, etc. The smaller the appliance, the more energy you will save.
- Always use lids when cooking with pots and pans: If you have lids for your pots and pans, use them! Food will cook faster with the lids on, which saves energy and saves you time in the kitchen.