Are you looking for ways to reduce electricity usage in your home and save on your energy bills? One simple way to accomplish this is to use your home appliances in a smarter way. More particularly, your kitchen is a vital part of your home and has many appliances that tend to consume large amounts of energy and are used every single day. Your major appliances, including your refrigerator, are the number 2 energy hogs in your home and can be responsible for about 20% of your utility bills according to EnergySavers.gov.
So here are some easy tips to make your kitchen appliances more energy-efficient and save money on your electricity bills:
- When adjusting the temperature settings, make sure your keep the fridge at 37°-40° and the freezer temperature should be about 5°F.
- Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors as closed as possible.
- Make sure the seal around the doors is in good condition. One easy way to find out is to stick a sheet of paper in between and close the door. It shouldn’t slide down.
- Give your refrigerator at least 2 inches of breathing room to allow heat generated by condenser coils to escape. Also, position your refrigerator as far away as possible from significant heat generating appliances such as stoves and ovens.
- Make sure you clean the condenser coils on the back of your refrigerator at least once a year. This will significantly lower your electric bill because it will increase the efficiency of your refrigerator by at least 30% according to the California Energy Commission Consumer Energy Center.
- Always wait until your food has cooled down before putting it in the fridge.
- Resist the temptation of frequently opening the door and taking a peek. Every time you open the door, the oven’s temperature goes down by as much as 25°! This will make your oven work harder to get back to the right cooking temperate and thus waste more energy that it should.
- Make sure the door seal is tight and that you clean it frequently so that it can retain the maximum amount of heat inside.
- Clean your oven as often as possible. Heat will propagate more efficiently in a clean oven than in a dirty one.
- Use your toaster oven more often! It is such an overlooked appliance that can have a huge amount on your energy use if used regularly for small cooking jobs or for reheating food. According to EnergyStar reports, you can lower down your cooking energy by 80% when using a convection toaster oven. A conventional oven can use as much as 7500 watts and take longer to heat up because of the large amount of air and space inside the unit, whereas small countertop ovens, like the Breville toaster oven for example, use only 1800 watts and heat up pretty fast which saves time, energy and money!
- When using a microwave, use it sparingly and unplug it when it’s not in use.
- Make sure you don’t use your dishwasher until it is fully loaded. This is will save you lots of water. Don’t overload it either!
- Today’s dishwashers are pretty efficient so avoid pre-rinsing your dishes and reduce water consumption.
- Regularly clean dishwasher filters and drains to maintain operation efficiency.
- When buying a dishwasher, choose one with an “energy-save” cycle which runs for a shorter period of time and consumes less water.
- Also, choose a dishwasher which has an internal water heater inside that increases the water temperature inside and adjust to the manufacturer recommended temperature.
- You don’t necessarily have to buy very large dishwashers if you don’t need that much space. Larger dishwashers consume more water and electricity.
A final tip would be to shop for appliances with an energy-start rating beforehand.
You see how you can easily save a lot on your bill by making simple modifications in the way you use your kitchen appliances. Applying the above tips is a great way to start.
This guest post is from Ellen and Karen who passionately operate ApplianceFreaks.com, a website where they share their opinions and insightful reviews on a variety of home and kitchen appliances and help you find out which ones are worth your money. Their latest in-depth review is about the Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL juicer.