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Energy efficient kitchen tip to save energy and money

Kitcheners ® Kitchens has compiled some simple energy-savings tips for people seeking to cut their energy bills. For starers, we believe you should consider replacing those older refrigerator and dishwashers (those that are eight to ten years old), even the aging clothes washing machine, with new appliances. You could save almost $100 per year in energy bills due to the fact that these three appliances combined, account for a 43% decrease in energy consumption since 2000.

While these are some of the obvious courses of action, Kitcheners ® recommends a few other energy-savings tips around the kitchen.

  • If you purchase a new refrigerator, recycle the old one rather than use it as the second refrigerator. Contact your local council to find about recycling options in your area.
  • Don't place the refrigerator near the wall oven or stove, or against a wall exposed to sun. Allow sufficient room for air to circulate around the unit.
  • Limit opening the refrigerator and freezer doors as regular opening and closing turns on the light as well as puts more strain on the refrigeration process.
  • The frost build up should never exceed 6mm. Defrost regularly. Kitcheners ® recommends keeping the freezer as full as possible to prevent heavy icing.
  • Defrost your food in your fridge - it helps maintain low internal temperature.
  • Inspect your fridge and oven door seal regularly - worn out or damage seal will cost you money.
  • Allow hot foods to cool before placing them in the refrigerator, and always cover foods that may release moisture in the refrigerator.
  • Utilise the dishwasher's eco option as this reduces water use.
  • Fix a dripping tap - you will save on the water as well as the heating costs (if the dripping tap is hot water).
  • If using a small pan - use the smaller burner on your stove.
  • If you need to boil the water on your stove - preheat in your kettle it is far more energy efficient for this job then your stove.
  • Putting a lid on you pan will help to bring the water to the boil faster.
  • Microwave oven and electric frypans are 70% more efficient then other conventional cooking methods
  • Let your dishes air dry. If you don't have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open a little so the dishes will dry faster
  • Be sure to place the faucet lever on the kitchen sink in the cold position when using small amounts of water. Placing the lever in the hot position uses energy to heat the water, even though it never reaches the faucet.
  • Spills and burn spots on your cooktop lead to inefficient heating.
  • While baking and roasting do not open the door to peek. It lets out lots of the heat and makes your over work extra hard.
  • For the most efficient use of energy, keep both the refrigerator and freezer full. You can use space fillers like bottles of water to keep your fridge full and if you find that you need these fillers most of the time then consider puchasing a smaller fridge.
  • Replace your old faucet with an aerating, water-saving one.
  • In natural gas appliances, look for blue flames; yellow flames indicate the gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment may be needed. Consult the manufacturer or your local installer.
  • Check your fridge temperature - the recommended fridge temperature is 2C to 5C and freezer temperature is -18C