Ten years ago, this word was simply a color. Now, it is a lifestyle.
Individuals and businesses alike are constantly changing in order to
consume less energy and reduce their carbon footprint. These changes
range from paying their bills online in order to reduce paper waste
all the way to installing solar panels on their roof.
are thinking about joining the green movement, here are seven ways
you can save both energy and money in your kitchen.
Appliances. This is the most
obvious step if you are in the market for new appliances.
EngeryStar.gov is a great place to start your search. The Energy Star
label is given to energy efficient products by the EPA. You can find
a list of their most efficient products here.
Burner on Your Stove. This may
sound minuscule, but putting a 6” pan on an 8” burner can waste
almost half of the heat generated by your stove top. Also, covering
your pots and pans with tight-fitting lids helps retain heat and
allows for faster cook times.
Toaster Oven for Small Meals. Energy
Star estimates that you can reduce energy by up to 50% when cooking
small meals in a microwave or toaster oven instead of a conventional
Location. Where in the kitchen
you place your appliances can make a difference when it comes to
energy efficiency. Refrigerators, for example, should be kept six to
eight inches away from the wall, out of direct sunlight and away from
heat-generating appliances such as your stove.
Dishes. If you don’t have many
dishes to wash, fill a large container with soapy water and another
one with rinse water in order to avoid constantly running your
faucet. If you have too many dishes for that, your dishwasher will
actually be more efficient, as long as it is a full load. Also,
pre-washing your dishes is not necessary. Most modern dishwashers are
powerful enough to blast dirty food off your plates without the extra
though you only use your toaster during the morning, it will use
electricity all day if you leave it plugged in. Same thing goes for
your coffee maker, electric can opener and waffle iron. Even when
these devices are turned off, they are still using electricity if
they are plugged in to an outlet. Unplugging your small appliances
when not in use can result in noticeable savings on your utility
time you open the refrigerator door, cold air escapes and the fridge
must now work to restore its internal temperature. Constantly opening
the oven door to check on your food while it’s cooking does the same
thing. Instead of opening the oven door to see if your food is ready,
simply turn on the oven light and peek through the glass. When going
to the fridge, you should already know what you want so the door
stays open for as short of a time as possible.
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