by Sue Bond
(Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
Your total monthly energy bill is estimated to be composed of 90 percent from appliances power consumption. This gives us an important reason to conserve energy when using appliances.
And the most used of these appliances are those utilized in our home’s kitchens. So it is just logical that we concentrate on how to save energywhen using kitchen appliances. Here are some simple but helpful tips on how to save money when using our appliances through energy conservation.
– Make sure the home kitchen appliances you buy have the Energy Star label. This is to ensure that the appliance you purchase is energy efficient, meaning the appliance will give more power and will emit less heat using the least amount of energy with which it is supplied.
– Keep kitchen appliances that emit too much heat away from each other such as refrigerators and electric stoves. Appliances tend to utilize more power when exposed to high temperatures, which leads to more electricity consumption.
To be on the safe side a distance of approximately eight to ten feet should be kept between heat emitting kitchen appliances. Now if you can’t maintain this distance between appliances, installing an air conditioning unit will help keep ambient temperatures low and that will help save money in the long run.
– When using an oven, make sure that you don’t consume energy when you don’t really have to. Checking the instructions whether preheating is required or not is one way to avoid wasting energy. Casseroles and broiled dishes don’t necessarily require preheating.
– If you are to cook smaller meals or when you have to heat them, use less energy-consuming kitchen appliances such as toaster ovens, electric skillets, and broilers in stead of electric stoves. This can help save half the energy that full-size appliances can consume.
Also, a microwave oven can be more efficient in such a way that it can cook food faster compared to an electric oven.
– Be very choosy when it comes to buying pots and pans. Pans that have bigger bottoms than the size of the burner won’t cook food evenly. Make sure you cover pots and pans when cooking to allow the food to cook faster with the help of the trapped steam.
– Have regular maintenance checkups and cleanings scheduled for your kitchen appliances to keep them working efficiently.
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