You might not realize it right now, but you can save quite a bit of energy at home. And it is only natural that you won’t really take the following energy-saving tips very seriously as individual approaches, but combined, they can make an incredible difference. Plus, they are very easy to implement into your lifestyle.
Consider A Halogen Oven
A halogen oven uses significantly less energy than a conventional oven. For example, the energy-efficient alternative takes about thirty minutes to fully roast a chicken. But the best part is that it can accomplish this feat using only a quarter of the energy of a conventional oven. In other words, 75% less energy. Now, take into account the speed with which it cooks as well as the energy efficiency level and you’ve got yourself some savings.
As an additional note, only open the oven door when you really need to. Given that as much as 25% of the heat can escape each time the oven is opened, you can see where it adds up.
Boiling Just Enough Water
It is more energy efficient to use a kettle than a pan or pot (if the source of the heat is electrical), and you make it even more efficient by only boiling the amount of water you need at the moment. However, it’s important to keep the element of the kettle submerged in water.
Tight Pan Lids
If the lids on the pans don’t fit tightly, a lot of heat energy is lost via the vaporizing process.
Space For The Fridge
It is recommended to give your fridge some space away from the wall (at least 5 inches). It promotes easy heat regulation for the fridge, instead of heating the wall and making it work harder.
If your fridge doesn’t do defrosting cycles automatically, make a point to do it yourself. When ice starts to form on the back plate and it keeps building up, it means the fridge is using more energy than it should.
Kitchen Appliances On Standby
While they might not be actively working, kitchen appliances that are plugged in will use small amounts of energy. Switch off the plugs and prevent them from using ANY energy during times you’re not using them. It’s better for energy comparison and saving sake to go online and see if you can get a better vendor
Don’t Use Foil In Oven Racks
Covering the racks with foil is going to prevent heat circulation.
Dishwashing And Washing Machine
Only use the dishwasher and washing machine when there are full loads. Two half loads end up using more energy, and you don’t necessarily have to use the drying cycle for the dishwasher. Simply open the door after the washing cycle and allow the dishes to air-dry.