Kitchen appliances use more electricity and energy than you might think.
These 7 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 - resulting in energy savings.
Water boils faster when covered and saves energy in the process. So for energy savings, cover that pot of water when you set it to boil.
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. 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 for more energy savings.