Saving Energy and Money in the Kitchen

Background
Defrosting
Fan Forced Ovens
Microwave Ovens
Steamers
Simmering Pots
Keep Appliances Maintained
Dishwashing
Air Dry
Appliance Size

Background

We don't tend to think a lot about the amount of energy we use in the kitchen but the simple act of cooking uses around 15 percent of the energy consumed in the home. Note that figure is just for cooking and doesn't take into account heating and cooling the kitchen, refrigeration and freezer costs or the cost of washing up. The following tips will help you save energy and money in the kitchen.

Defrosting

Build up of frost in a freezer decreases efficiency. If your freezer is not a frost free model, defrost it every six months or whenever the frost reaches a 5mm thickness

Fan Forced Ovens

Consider the purchase of a fan forced oven. Fan forced ovens are up to 25% more efficient than conventional ovens.

Microwave Ovens

Use the microwave when possible. Microwave ovens can use 70% less energy than conventional ovens.

Steamers

Use steamers to cook your vegetables rather than boiling in a series of pots. Steaming all your vegetables this way uses less energy and is a healthier method of cooking.

Simmering Pots

Instead of rapidly boiling pots, put the lid on and simmer.

Keep Appliances Maintained

Well maintaned and clean appliances minimise cooking time and energy use

Dishwashing

Wait until the dishwasher is full before using it and then only use the economy cycle. Consider not using the dishwasher at all and wash your dishes by hand.

Air Dry

If using a dishwasher, turn it off before the drying cycle begins. Allow the dishes to air dry instead.

Appliance Size

You might choose a large oven to fit a big turkey at Thanksgiving or a large ham at Christmas, but the the rest of the year that oversize oven is just cooking away extra energy and burning money. Choose appliances to suit your everyday needs.

Source: AZoCleantech

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