When it comes to reducing your energy use and saving money, you will find plenty of opportunities in your kitchen and pantry areas. This article will share some quick and easy ways you can begin reducing your consumption in this high-energy area.
You might be surprised by the amount of energy wasted cooking even simple meals, especially when they involve heating water. Whether boiling vegetables or just a kettle for tea, most people fill the pot with more water than they need and end up dumping most of it down the sink afterward. And that excess heated water can quickly add up to much higher energy usage.
It’s been shown that modern dishwashers use far less water than cleaning dishes by hand. You can also turn off the heat cycle and allow the dishes to air dry instead. This combination saves on both your water usage and electricity when it comes to keeping your dishes clean.
When it comes to kitchen appliances, manufacturers have jumped on the green energy bandwagon and created products designed specifically to reduce your carbon footprint and energy costs. These appliances include refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, washers, dryers, and many more. These Energy Star appliances run on considerably less energy than traditional ones, and while there is some upfront costs, the reduction in energy use will be a long-term gain for your wallet.
Most homeowners don’t realize that sticking hot trays or plates of leftover food directly into your refrigerator requires extra energy to cool them down quickly. And that extra energy causes your utility bill to go up as a result. So from now on, let hot food cool on the stove or counter before handing it over to your fridge.
A minute or two in the microwave beats 15 or 20 on the stove or in the oven every day of the week when it comes to saving energy. So going forward, when you need to heat up smaller portions of food or even a cup of coffee or tea, opt for the microwave instead. Your energy bill will thank you.
And just to round out some of the savings opportunities, here is one tip to cut down on your water bill too. You may not think that a small drip in your kitchen faucet is anything to worry about, but over time this drip can quickly add up to a lot of wasted water and a higher water bill if it isn’t fixed. Leaky kitchen faucets are one of those little things that can hurt your household budget if not addressed promptly.