How to reduce your power use in your kitchen
Have you jumped onto the “green” movement yet? You know where you try to live a “greener” life with less waste and less carbon footprint? Whether you have begun the journey on the green path or not we have a few suggestions to help you reduce the amount of power usage in your kitchen. Besides being better for the environment using less power in the kitchen will also help to save you money, whether you live in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia or anywhere else in the world.
- Upgrade your appliances – energy efficient appliances are quite popular and once you see the savings in your power bill it’s easy to see why. If you are able to budget wisely to make the switch to more energy efficient appliances. The new appliances usually feature “energy star” stickers now so you can see exactly how much you will be saving annually by purchasing that product.
- Unplug unused items – while it may not seem like a big deal leaving your toaster oven plugged in all the time each of the items you leave plugged while not in use still use standby energy which raises your overall power bill. These items can include small appliances, fans, heaters, hair dryers, etc.
- When using the stove or oven turn those off a few minutes before you are finished using them. This tip is especially helpful with electric ranges because the stove tops stay hot for a while after they are turned off, so you can turn off the range and the oven a few minutes before you are finished with it to help save some electricity/power when cooking.
- Use Ice Trays – instead of using the automatic ice maker in your freezer use ice trays which you fill yourself, you might be shocked to see how much you can save by making this simple and easy switch.
- Dishwashers – while these are fantastic kitchen appliances to have and can cut your time cleaning up in half they use quite the amount of power, so in order to save power while still utilising your dishwasher, we recommend waiting until the dishwasher is full before running. Also, remember to only use the dishwasher settings needed for your load of dishes to avoid excess running and usage.
- Temperatures – keep your freezer and refrigerator temperatures set at the correct number. Setting the thermostat too cold for the area can result in higher power costs and will provide no real benefits in the long run. You can find the proper settings for your unit in the owner’s manual.
- Skip Preheating – it has always been said you should preheat your oven, even recipes make it a point to include this “vital” step in their recipes but popular chefs around the world agree this step is really pointless and unnecessary except in certain instances like baking bread and such. Other time you can skip this step in turn saving you about 20-30 minutes or more of power.