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Save When Cooking

Saving Energy in the Kitchen

Save When Cooking

  • Make sure your oven door closes tightly.
  • Use a microwave rather than conventional oven, when possible. Nothing is more energy efficient for cooking than your microwave. It uses two-thirds less energy than your stove.
  • Keep the center of the pan over the element, and keep the lid on when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Only boil the amount of water that you need--just ensure there is enough water to cover the heating element. Turn the element or electric kettle down as soon as it reaches the boiling point.
  • By using kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans to remove excess heat and moisture, you may save each month on your overall cooling bill.

Save on Your Fridge and Freezer

  • Defrost your fridge regularly. When ice builds up, your freezer uses more electricity. If it frosts up again quickly, check that the door seals are strong and intact.
  • If possible, don't place the fridge next to the oven or other hot appliances. Also, make sure there's plenty of ventilation space behind and above it.
  • Keep the fridge at 40°F and the freezer at 0°F. Empty and then turn off your fridge if you go on a long vacation (but make sure you leave the door open).
  • Aim to keep your fridge at least three-quarters full to maintain maximum efficiency. A full fridge keeps it from warming up too fast when the door is open, so it won't have to work as hard to stay cool.
  • Avoid putting warm or hot food in the fridge or freezer, as it requires more energy to cool it down.
  • Unplug or recycle that spare refrigerator in the garage if you don't really need it.
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