Category: Green Living

How To Make Your Kitchen Energy Efficient

Energy bills go up every month. We used to attribute it to the increasing cost of electricity and heating, but even if we just want to make up for them, we have to save energy whenever we can. Heat loss through inadequately insulated walls is a great problem, but so do all kitchen stuff – while we may not know about it, kitchen appliances are a major factor in our house’s energy consumption.

Let’s start from preparing the meals. First of all, never use the stove for reheating the leftovers. It sucks wild amounts of energy! Try a microwave oven instead – while the quality of the food suffers a bit, you save up to 40% energy you’d otherwise have to waste on heating the stove. Another tip is about the burners. Never use the big ones unless you have a really large pot. Remember those big burners don’t heat anything faster (especially if pots are smaller than the burner), but they use much more energy. Make sure that your pan or pot are sitting flat in the burner as well. Many times the pot/pan bottoms are rounded a bit from wear and usage and do not sit flat on the burner, thus heating up inefficiently and wasting energy.… Read the rest