7 Kitchen Energy Reducer Tips

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What better way to help the environment than in a way that helps you save money also. Below are some tips to help you reduce your kitchen energy usage.

  1. Keep appliances clean – Clean surfaces maximize the amount of energy reflected toward your food.
  2. Keep liquids covered -The refrigerator has to work harder, using more energy to keep cool, when pitchers of juice or water, unfinished drinks and other liquid items are stored without lids.
  3. Switch to copper-bottom pots and pans – They heat up faster than other types of pans, which means they require less energy from the stove.
  4. Dont peek – Opening the oven door can lower the internal temperature as much as 25 degrees. Use a timer to set the cooking time, and be sure your oven window is clean enough for you to see how your dish is progressing.
  5. Practice smart storage – Don’t overload the refrigerator. Food stored loosely helps cold air circulate better, maximizing efficiency. The freezer, on the other hand, uses less energy when packed tightly(add a bag of ice to help fill it up).
  6. Place appliances strategically – If possible, keep the refrigerator away from the oven and the dishwasher. The latter two generate heat, which makes the refrigerator work harder and use more energy to stay cold.
  7. Don’t preheat the oven – Unless the recipe calls for a preheated oven, dont preheat.

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