How to Save Energy in The Kitchen

kitchenWhen you want to lower your utility bills then saving energy in the kitchen should be the first place to start. Just a few tweaks here and there could easily save you hundreds of dollars each year, and it’s for this reason that you should pay very close attention to every single world in this article.

Our resident energy experts have picked out their best tips for saving energy in the kitchen. Enjoy!

Turn off appliances

Make sure you always turn off appliances when not in use to save energy. Fortunately, many appliances now have “auto-shutdown” modes for your convenience, such as the best coffee maker models and many toasters, kettles, and microwaves.

Have a cold wash

Everybody needs to wash their clothes in a washing machine, but did you know that by having a colder wash you could easily save around $20 to $35 a month?

This is especially when you do a lot of washing but don’t have clothes that are especially dirty. Simply turn the temperature down from 60 degrees to 30 degrees (or even 15 to 20 degrees in some cases).

Use the dishwasher once a day

One of the easiest ways to save energy in the kitchen is to reduce the amount of times you use the dishwasher. That doesn’t mean you have to go back to washing dishes by hand, but it does mean you have to be a bit more smarter.

The best way to achieve this is by only turning on the dishwasher when it is completely full, as statistics show that it uses the same amount of water and energy when both half-full and full. Also, turn the setting to “quick wash” as in most cases this is more than enough to fully wash plates, pans, and cups.

Use a slow cooker

Cooking meat such as lamb or beef in a slow cooker is a great way to save energy, mainly because it uses less energy when compared to normal oven cooking. All you need to do is put the slow cooker on in the morning on the low setting, and then by the time you get home at night the meat will be expertly cooked and ready to eat.

Give your fridge some space

Lastly, always make sure you avoid pressing your fridge right up against the wall, as lack of space restricts airflow and causes it to work harder, which ultimately means it uses more energy on a daily basis. Give it some much needed space to save money.