If you’ve ever wanted a few quick, easy-to-implement techniques to save energy in the kitchen, there’s good news. Not only are there simple ways to save electricity when you cook, wash dishes, use appliances, and operate your refrigerator, there are plenty to go around. In other words, whether you live in an apartment, house, or detached mobile unit, you can take advantage of multiple strategies for reducing your utility expenses based on your kitchen activities.
What are the first steps to take when you want to learn how to save energy in the kitchen? That’s up to you because the specific methods you select will depend on several factors, particularly how much time you spend in your kitchen and how efficient you are at using energy right now. Regardless, of the choices below, you should be able to find several that you can add to your toolbox of energy-reducing strategies. What items in the typical kitchen use electricity? Here are the most common users:
Most homeowners and apartment dwellers use about one-third of all their electricity on kitchen appliances to keep foods cold, to cook, to operate various smaller appliances, and to wash dishes. That means that the average person can slice a big chunk off their utility bills by learning how to save energy in the kitchen. Choose among the following ideas to save money and save electricity.
Save energy in the kitchen with these easy methods—some save more energy than others but the basic principle is that every little bit adds up to a large annual savings amount if you pay attention to what you’re doing and act consistently through both warm and cold months:
Once you get the general feel for how to save energy in the kitchen, map out a written strategy for reducing your energy costs so it will be easier to save electricity in the longterm. Write down the methods you chose from the above list and post them in an obvious, visible location in your kitchen. The fridge or microwave doors are usually spots that you see every day so they typically make good choices for list posting.
Make it a habit to save energy in the kitchen by looking at the list each morning when you begin your day. Eventually, the techniques will become second nature to you and you’ll be on your way to lower utility bills and a more environmentally conscious way of life.
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