The kitchen is home to some of our biggest energy hogging appliances. But, by sticking to these eight easy habits (new years resolutions, anyone?), you can reduce your kitchen energy usage and save some cash.
- Don't Place Hot Foods in a Fridge. Allowing foods to cool to room temperature ensures your unit won't have to work as hard.
- Thaw in the Fridge. Frozen items throw off cold air into the fridge, helping to keep things cool.
- Make Your Own Ice. Automatic ice makers use unnecessary energy and are prone to breakdown. Likewise, cold air can be lost through in-door dispensers with poor seals.
- Skip the Dry Cycle. Open the dishwasher door and allow dishes to air-dry.
- Use the Oven Light. Instead of opening the door to check if foods are done, switch on the oven light to see inside without losing heat.
- Use the Correct-Sized Burner. Large burners under small pots or pans waste heat.
- Use an Electric Kettle. Electric kettles boil water faster and more efficiently than stovetop kettles. Use them for making tea or boiling water for small meals.
- Cook on the Top Rack of the Oven. Keep your food closer to the heating element and cut cooking time by up to 20 percent.
• Read More: Serve Up Savings in the Natural Home & Garden Jan/Feb 2012 Issue
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- In Praise of the Electric Kettle
- How to Use Your Dishwasher to Save Money
- AT on... The Dishwasher Debate
- How to Make Any Fridge More Efficient
- A Guide To Slow Home Principles: The Kitchen
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