Kitchen appliances use more electricity and energy than you might think.
These kitchen energy saving solutions can help you save cold cash on your gas and electric bills while whipping up breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
No significant changes to your cooking routine required.
One of the most straightforward energy saving solutions is to keep your range's cooktop burners clean.
They'll reflect the heat better and require less energy for cooking.
Match pots and pans to burners of a similar size. A large burner produces the most heat, so a small pot shouldn't be placed there.
A small pot put on a small burner will result in more energy used.
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.
Water boils faster when covered and therefore uses less energy in the process. So cover that pot of water when you set it to boil.
Before you fire up that oven, consider whether you could 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.
Also, during the dog days of summer, the heat produced by the oven causes your air conditioner to work overtime.
For summer energy savings, plan to cook with your microwave or grill outside.
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.