The kitchen is home to some of the most energy demanding appliances and applications. Unless one is careful enough, he/she could end up using up or waste lots of energy, unknowingly. Discussed below are a few tips and ways you can lower your carbon footprint and possibly, lower energy bills.
1. Don’t Just Cook, Cook Smart
The simplest cooking habits such as covering your pans and pots while cooking, or boiling the water first in a kettle before pouring it in a cooking pan can save you lots of energy in the long run. In addition to covering your pots and pans while cooking, you need to know the exact amounts of water you need to prepare individual meals. Putting in too much or too little water wastes time, water, and energy.
Consider turning the heat off for a couple of minutes moments before your food is fully cooked. This is exceptionally efficient if and when using an electric cooker. Its grills take quite some time to cook off, with many taking as much as ten minutes to cool off. Take advantage of this to preserve energy.
You can also use boiled water to for various purposes at the same time. Use the excess water to steam veggies as you prepare other meals.
2. Take Care Of Your Fridge, Literally
According to Simply Switch, you should never put hot food straight into the fridge. Doing so forces the refrigerator to work extra hard to maintain set temperatures, and also risks other foods already in the fridge going bad. Let the food cool down first before putting it in. The same should be observed with the freezer as well. Be sure to keep both the fridge and freezer doors closed at all times. You also ought to consider leaving at least 10cm gap between the fridge and the wall. This enables the gill at the back dissipate heat fast and efficiently, hence saving you some electricity.
3. Be Smart When Washing Or Drying
The tumble dryer and washing machines are among the most power-hungry appliances in every home. To save some energy from this, ensure the washing machine is full before switching it on. You could also use the half-load setting to save some energy too. Do not use the tumble dryer unless it is unavoidable. Consider hanging the clothes on the line to save electricity.
The washing machine uses much of the power demanded to heat water inside. Avoiding the hot-wash setting could, therefore, save you lots of energy. Only use hot wash if the clothes are extremely dirty, otherwise stick to warm wash (30 degrees) only.
4. Take Care of Dripping Taps and Faucets
Although it may seem like nothing to you, a dripping tap loses as much as one liter of water every hour. This translates to 24 liters in a day. The wastage isn’t on the wasted water alone, but also with energy used to heat the water up – in the case of hot water taps and bath. Have every dripping faucet or valve taken care of to save some energy.
5. Washing the Dishes
If possible, consider hand washing your dishes instead of using the dishwasher. Consider investing in a modern dishwasher if you don’t like doing your dishes. Modern dishwashers are more energy efficient hence recommended. Consider opening the dishwasher’s door after each wash cycle to allow the dishes air dry.
6. Keep the Oven Door Clean All the Time
Dirt can accumulate on the oven door and its hinges. This could make it impossible for the door to close tightly while baking. This results in energy wastage as precious air escapes the oven. Having the oven doors cleaned thoroughly after use can, therefore, help prevent this, thus saving you lots of energy in the long run.
Taking the simple things for granted is one of the reasons many homeowners complain of huge energy bills, bills that could be avoided.
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