Home Energy Saving Habits – 12 Ways to Save Energy in the Kitchen

There are ways to save energy in every room in your house. It can be anything from weather-proofing doors, updating appliances, or unplugging electronics when not in use. This new blog series will walk you through room by room pointing out the best ways to save energy and save money!

The Kitchenkitchen
The kitchen is where you will find some of the home’s biggest energy hogs – the refrigerator, the oven, and the dishwasher. The best way to save energy is by ensuring the appliances in your kitchen are Energy Star-rated.

According to the Department of Energy, the Energy Star Program “identifies and promotes energy–efficient products in order to reduce energy consumption, improve energy security, and reduce pollution through voluntary labeling of products that meet the highest energy efficiency standards.”

Here are 12 ways to save energy and money in the kitchen:

The Refrigerator
1. Clean the coils. The dust that accumulates on the condenser coils in the back of the fridge can restrict cool air flow and forces the unit to work harder and longer than necessary. Every six months, vacuum all of the dust on the coils and around the back of your fridge. Plus, make sure there is at least a 3-inch clearance at the rear of the fridge for proper ventilation.

2. Try to keep opening the fridge to a minimum. When preparing a meal, plan trips to the fridge so you can grab everything in one trip rather than many small trips.

3. Keep your fridge well-stocked. Believe it or not, an empty fridge uses more energy than a full one!

4. Always let food cool down to room temperature before putting it away in the refrigerator. The heat from a meal will make the fridge work harder to cool down.

potThe Oven/Stove
5. When cooking on the stove top, make sure you place your pan on the correct-sized burner. If you place a small sauce pan on a large burner, you are wasting heat!

6. While it is tempting to take a peek at your food, keep the oven door closed while cooking. If you need to check inside, turn on the oven light and look through the window. Opening the oven for even a quick glance can cause the temperature in your oven to drop significantly, causing it to work harder to bring the temperature back to what it was before you opened the oven.

7. Turn off your oven or stove top when food is nearly read – the residual heat will be enough to cook the food the rest of the way.

8. In summer months, make your grill do all of the work! Just like opening oven causes inside temp to drop, that escaped heat will make your AC work harder too. Reduce your electricity bills for AC in the summer by enjoying more meals on the grill.

dishwarsherThe Dishwasher
9. Your dishwasher should have an economy mode – use it often! This mode uses less water and less electricity! Win!

10. Once your dishwasher is past the wash cycle, turn off the unit. Let your dishes air-dry.

11. Only run your dishwasher when it is fully loaded. It uses the same water and electricity if it is full or nearly empty.

12. Pre-rinsing in the sink is not necessary. Just scrape off bits of food and place in dishwasher!
These quick tips will help you save energy in your kitchen year round!
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