The kitchen is one of the most appliance heavy areas of the home, and all those electronics can go through some serious energy.
It’s easy to see why the kitchen can be one of the most energy draining rooms in the house. Here we’ll show you a few simple ways you can save on energy and money. Remember, some of these may seem like nothing, but when you add them up over the years they can add to significant savings.
- Cook efficiently. Natural gas cookers and microwave ovens are the most efficient form of preparing food.
- Keep your oven serviced. Keep the seals tight and the oven clean to ensure no heat is wasted.
- Place lids on pans. This may seem like a small thing, but pans heat up much quicker when covered, which will save you energy over the long term.
- Simmer saucepans, don’t boil. The lower heat will save energy over the long term.
- Electric toasters. If you’re still making toast under the grill, then it’s time to get a toaster. They’re much more efficient (and quick!)
- Ensure the refrigerator is in a cool place. Refrigerators maintain a consistent temperature, and so the harder they have to fight to keep that temperature down. Keep them cool on the outside to help them cool on the inside.
- Ensure the back of the refrigerator is well ventilated. This will help the fridge to work at it’s most efficient.
- Replace fridge seals when they lose grip. Again, if the door is opening, then the fridge motor will have to work harder to maintain its cool temperature, this will use up far more energy than if the door is kept sealed.
- Turn appliances off at the wall, when not being used. Even when on standby appliances like TV’s, stereos or radios keep sapping the energy. Turn them off to minimise your usage.
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So there it is. Simple ways to save energy and money in your kitchen. If you’re still hungry for more ways to save, then be sure to check out the rest of our guides to saving energy and money around your home.