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Ah, the kitchen. It’s undeniably one of the most-loved rooms in our homes. It’s where we gather with family and friends for our favorite meals and memories. Like most of us, you probably aren’t thinking about saving energy when you’re planning that perfect dish.
Here are four ways to save energy in the kitchen with minimal effort.
Using smaller kitchen appliances such as slow cookers, toaster ovens and convection ovens is more energy efficient than using your large stove or oven. According to the Department of Energy, a toaster or convection oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a full-sized oven.
Halloween may be over, but it is possible you have energy vampires in your kitchen. These are the appliances that draw energy even when they’re not in use, such as coffee makers, microwaves and toaster ovens.
The Department of Energy estimates home’s energy vampires can add up to $100 to $200 a year in wasted energy costs. Unplug them when they’re not in use. Better yet, use a power strip for convenient control.
There are small ways you can help your larger kitchen appliances run more efficiently.
For example, keep range-top burners clean from spills and fallen foods so they reflect heat better. When putting leftovers in the refrigerator, make sure the food is covered and allow it to cool down first. That way, the fridge doesn’t have to work so hard to cool warm food.
Only run full loads, and avoid using the “rinse-hold” function on your machine for just a few dirty dishes; it uses 3 to 7 gallons of hot water each use.
You can also save energy by letting your dishes air dry. If your dishwasher doesn’t have an automatic air-dry switch, simply turn it off after the final rinse and prop the door open so the dishes dry faster.
The best way to save energy is to not use it. Try a tasty, no-bake dessert recipe. Your sweet tooth and energy bill will thank you.
By slightly adjusting a few of your habits in the kitchen, you will be well on our way to energy savings. Contact Benton REA to learn about additional ways to save energy and money at home.