Kitchen appliances use more electricity and energy than you might think.
These 8 kitchen energy saving solutions can help you save cold cash on your gas and electric energy bills while whipping up breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
No major changes to your routine required.
One of the easiest energy saving solutions is to simply keep your range's cook top burners clean. They'll reflect the heat better and require less energy for cooking.
A large burner produces the most heat, so a small pot shouldn't be placed there. A small pot placed on a small burner will result in energy savings.
You can save energy by turning off electric burners several minutes before the allotted cooking time is up. The burners will stay hot long enough to finish the job without using any more electricity - or running up your energy bills.
Water boils faster when covered and saves energy in the process.
Before you fire up that oven, consider whether you can cook the item in a smaller space or in a different way.
The toaster oven uses up to half the energy that a large oven does. In addition, during the dog days of summer, the heat produced by the oven causes your air conditioner to work overtime.
Setting timers can help stop the repeated opening of the oven door to peek on the food.
Repeatedly opening the oven allows hot air direct entry into your home. The oven then has to work harder to maintain the temperature inside, while your air conditioner is now working overtime, too.
Water boils faster when you use a top to hold in the heat. So keep a lid on it.
The kitchen fan sucks air from your home and sends it outside. During the summer, you'll be losing cool air; in the winter, you're dumping hot air outside. Make it easier on your HVAC system by immediately turning the fan off when you're finished using it.