Save Energy in Your Kitchen
Find Out Where YOUR Home is Losing Energy:
From your fridge to your stove to your kitchen sink and beyond, use these kitchen energy saving tips to lower your energy bills.
Is Your Fridge Energy Efficient?
- If your fridge was made before 1993, it uses 2 times as much energy as a new ENERGY STAR fridge. You can save up to $65 per year by replacing your old fridge with a new ENERGY STAR qualified model.
- Do you have an old fridge in your garage or basement? It can be costing you $90 or more each year to operate. Save energy and money by recycling your old refrigerator.
- Find out how much your old fridge is costing you.
How to Use Your Stove/Range More Efficiently
- You can save around $36 per year simply by using the right sized pot or pan for the burner (on an electric range; $18 for gas). Using a 6-inch pot on an 8-inch burner wastes over 40% of the heat.
- Cover pots and pans when cooking on the stove. You'll cook more efficiently, faster and more evenly, while saving money and keeping your kitchen cooler.
- If you have a gas range, keep the burners clean for maximum energy efficiency. The flame should be blue, indicating good combustion. If the flame is yellow, the gas may not be burning efficiently and your range may need servicing.
- A range hood helps to remove cooking odors and control moisture. ENERGY STAR qualified models are much quieter than standard ventilation fans and use 65% less energy (for models with lighting), which saves you $120 in energy costs over its service life.
- Cook or re-heat small portions in the microwave or toaster-oven instead of the stove, and use up to 80% less energy compared to a conventional oven. This generates less heat, so you'll also save on air conditioning costs in the summer.
The Cost of Leaky Faucets
Does your kitchen faucet leak? One drip per second can waste as much as 1,661 gallons of water per year! If your faucet is dripping hot water, it's costing you up to $35 per year in electricity or natural gas costs. Do your part for the environment and save some money while you're at it. Fix your leaky faucets today!
Save with ENERGY STAR Light Fixtures
Kitchen lights are used more than many lights in the home, making them a great target for saving energy. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) which use 75% less energy, produce 70% less heat and last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs. If you want to save even more, choose LED lights. They use 75% less energy, produce no heat and last 25 times longer than incandescents. Consider replacing your current fixtures with ENERGY STAR lighting, which provides bright, warm light and energy savings in addition CFLs or LEDs. ENERGY STAR qualified fixtures are available in a wide variety of styles for the kitchen, such as cabinet-mounted, recessed can and ceiling-mounted models. No matter which lights you use, remember to turn them off when leaving the room.
Useful Energy Efficient Solutions:
- Attic Attic Ventilation, Duct Sealing, Chimney Sealing
- Basement Retire your old refrigerator!, Dehumidifier, Water Heater
- Bathroom Vanity Lights, Light Switch, Vent Fan
- Bedroom Bed-Side Lamp, Light Switch, Room Air Conditioner
- Dining Room Light Fixture, Light Switch, Programmable Thermostat
- Heating and Cooling Systems Table Lamp, Light Switch ...
- Home Office Desk Lamp, Ducts, Electrical Outlets, Power Strip
- HVAC HVAC air conditioning. HVAC Maintenance. HVAC contractor.
- Kitchen Light Fixture, Light Switch, Floor Vents/Radiators
- Living Room Table Lamp, Ceiling Fan with Lighting, Light Switch
- Outside House A/C Unit, Porch Light, Thermal Boundary
- Energy Efficient Windows Replace or Renovate, Energy Efficient Window Treatments
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