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January 29th, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Save energy in your kitchen

Energy conservation is on the forefront of many of our minds. Who wouldn’t want to save a few dollars on their utility bill when possible? When it comes to increasing your energy efficiency, the kitchen is a great place to start. Think of all those appliances and just how much energy they must be using. You can start by making a few small changes, or if you happen to be remodeling, it might be time for larger ones. Here is a list of changes you can start making today to increase your energy efficiency and save money.

Lighting

When it comes to lighting, perhaps one of the most impactful things you can do is make sure you turn off kitchen lights when you’re not in the room. Too often we leave lights on when we don’t need to. Replace your standard light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs. You can find these right alongside standard bulbs, typically labeled with an Energy Star.

Extra credit: Replace your light fixtures with energy-efficient features.

Stove and range

Be sure you’re using the right-size pot on the appropriate burners. If your pot is smaller than your burner, use the smaller burner instead. Using a larger burner wastes energy. If possible, also cover your pots to keep heat in. Be sure to clean burners regularly to ensure proper heating.

Microwave:

Avoid powering up your microwave for long durations. Try cutting your food up or heating in small portions to conserve energy.

Sink

Don’t let those faucets drip! A leaky faucet can waste gallons of water. Don’t know how to fix a faucet? Learn how to DIY here.

Dishwasher

Before you load your dishwasher, scrape any remaining food off plates. Always run your dishwasher with a full load to prevent wasting water. If your dishwasher has an air-dry option, use that to pinch a few pennies.

Refrigerator

The older your refrigerator, the more energy it likely uses. Make sure its light is functioning properly and turning off when the fridge is closed. Be sure to shut the door tight after use, and don’t leave it propped open in between uses. Be sure to clean coils to prevent dust buildup.

Other appliances

When not in use, don’t plug in your other smaller appliances (blender, juicer, etc.). If your plug is inconveniently located, try plugging your small appliances into a power strip and turn off when not in use.

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