I think I spend half of my life in the kitchen. It seems like I’m always cooking a meal or cleaning one up and even when it’s not time to eat we often hang out here and I work in my kitchen, too. It’s a real hub of activity so it doesn’t surprise me to learn that the average kitchen accounts for about 15% of your total home’s energy use. Your stove, oven, and refrigerator are large appliances that require a lot of energy. And I don’t know about you but my dishwasher is pretty heavily used, too! I have some really simple tips here for you to help you cut back on your energy usage in the kitchen, also cutting back your energy bill. Sounds good to me!
Stories about Unconventional cooking
So this go around with Envolve had me setting up shop in the kitchen, but NOT turning the oven on (saving energy you know!).
This month we’re chatting about unconventional cooking methods and how they can save you from slaving in a hot kitchen, plus tamp down your electricity usage and save you some dough. Did you know that your kitchen accounts for 15% of your home’s energy usage? That’s a lot, and most of it comes from food prep.
One ways is I love using my slow cooker during the summer! Many people think that a slow cooker is only good during the winter but it is also a great tool in your summer cooking arsenal. It doesn’t take a lot of effort, it is energy efficient, it doesn’t make your house too hot and it is a great option for when you are out at the pool or the lake all day and you want winner ready when you get home!
When my mom stopped by this afternoon, my daughter was in her high chair eating her current favorite food: baked beans. Despite their being one of our go-to summer side dishes and a sure bet every time with the kids, I don’t make them often – mainly because baking a bean pot in the oven for hours does bad things to the temperature in my house on a hot day, as well as my electric bill.
About a week ago, I woke up in the middle of the night and had an epiphany. For one entire day, I was going to cook all of our family’s meals in the microwave. Breakfast, lunch, dinner AND dessert. Yes, these are the things I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about. Please don’t judge me.
This grilled chicken cobb salad with marinated veggies has a secret… it isn’t actually made on a grill!! What??