The kitchen is full of electric appliances, including two of the most notorious energy hogs of the house: the refrigerator and the dish washer. These modern conveniences make life easier for your entire family, but they also drive up the cost of your electricity.
Fortunately, there are several ways to save on an electric bill in the kitchen alone. Segmenting your plan for energy efficiency by focusing on one room at a time can make it easier for you to execute your vision and ultimately decrease your monthly electricity bill payments.
Try these five tactics in your kitchen:
- Ensure your appliances are energy efficient models. If your appliances are more than 10 years old, it might be time for an upgrade. Newer models can significantly reduce your energy consumption and provide better performance as well.
- Use heat wisely while cooking. If you’re cooking in a pot or pan, use a cover to maximize heat retention. Also, turn stove burners off before your food is finished cooking—there will be enough heat left over to finish the job.
- Keep appliances closed. Don’t constantly open and reopen the refrigerator, or the oven for that matter. Keep these appliances closed to maximize their efficiency.
- Do large loads of dishes. Avoid running your dishwasher for small loads. That way, you’ll get the most value for your electricity spend. You can also consider doing dishes by hand to save even more.
- Defrost food before cooking. You’ll use less heat to cook your food if you defrost it before introducing it to heat.
Save on your electric bill one step at a time—small changes add up. Keep reading the Star Energy Partners blog for more energy saving strategies and energy efficiency tips, and consider switching to Star Energy Partners for a better electricity provider experience.