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Kitchen Efficiency

Unconventional cooking

Kitchens are home to appliances that use a lot of electricity. From cooking to cleanup, using these appliances effectively will help your energy savings add up

  • Use small electric pans, toaster ovens, or convection ovens for small meals rather than your large stove or oven. A toaster or convection oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a full-sized oven.
  • Use microwaves and slow cookers when possible. They use less energy than the stove or oven.
  • Keep the inside of your microwave and oven clean. It improves their efficiency.
  • Use your dishwasher only when it’s full. You can save 5,000 gallons of water each year and $40 in utility costs by using a dishwasher instead of hand-washing dishes, according to the Department of Energy.
  • Use the air-dry option on dishwashers. It saves energy and keeps the machine from using a heating element to bake your dishes dry.
  • Unlike a refrigerator, a freezer works most efficiently when packed as full as possible.
  • Use a thermometer to check the temperature – Freezers should be kept between zero and five (5) degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures that are too cold waste energy, and too warm temperatures can lead to premature food spoilage.
  • Leaky door seals are a main culprit for energy loss in the freezer. Improperly-sealed doors let cold air escape, making it work harder. Check door seals with the “dollar bill” test by closing the door on a dollar bill. A well-sealed door will keep the bill in place; if it falls out or slides around easily, it’s time to clean or replace the door gasket.
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