Whether you have energy efficient kitchen appliances or not, saving energy in the kitchen is a priority for most. Did you know that there are ways you can conserve energy that are simple and just require small changes to your daily routine?
Here are 5 energy saving kitchen hacks from Appliance Rescue in Dallas, Texas that you probably didn’t know about:
1. Clean Your Cooktop
Over time, grime and grease can buildup on the burners and grates of your cooktop or range. This build-up creates a barrier between your appliance and the pot, making it less efficient. The best way to increase cooktop efficiency is to keep it shiny and clean.
2. Size Matters – Use the Right Pots & Pans
Speaking of cooktops and ranges, did you know that using the wrong size pot can lead to a 40% reduction in energy efficiency? Make sure you are using pots and pans that match the size of the burner you are placing them on. Also consider using lids when appropriate as it holds the heat in.
3. Consider Small Appliances
While those small appliances can be cumbersome and take up room in your cabinets, they can be handy when it comes to reducing energy usage. Using a crockpot, rice cooker, or steamer often uses less energy than the equivalent task on a cooktop or range. Same holds true if you use a toaster oven for a quick job vs. preheating your full-sized oven.
4. Cook Less
Less time spent in the kitchen means less energy used. Think about ways to cook once – and then repurpose the meal again for night 2. For example, bake chicken one night – and then use it in a salad or wrap the next day. Meal planning is key to cooking less and increasing your energy efficiency in the kitchen.
5. Cook Outside
Dining al fresco? It’s a great way to reduce energy consumption! Not only does it give your kitchen appliances a break, but it prevents the kitchen from getting too hot – which can cause the air conditioner to work overtime to keep it cool.
Hopefully these tips will help you reduce your energy consumption in the kitchen, and as always, if you suspect your appliances are not as efficiently as they should be and need appliance repair in Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, or any of the surrounding area – give us a call at Appliance Rescue Service! We’re your #1 appliance repair company!