18 Ways to Reduce Energy Costs in your Kitchen
Tips and tricks to make your kitchen more energy efficient
Your kitchen, home to most of your major appliances, accounts for a large portion of your household hydro expenses. Save time and money by implementing some of these energy-efficient habits that are good for the environment too.
- Move your fridge away from the wall a little so air can circulate behind the unit to make it more energy efficient.
- Allow food to cool before storing it in the fridge or freezer so your appliance doesn’t have to work as hard to regulate the temperature.
- Vacuuming the coils at the back of the fridge at least once a year will also help to improve efficiency.
- Think about the ingredients you need before opening the fridge to minimize the loss of cold air.
- Use ice trays—your automatic ice maker increases your fridge’s energy use by 14-20%.
- Cover foods and liquids that you place in the fridge. Uncovered items release moisture which makes your compressor work harder.
- Keep your fridge and freezer well stocked and free of ice buildup. An ice buildup of more than a quarter inch means your fridge has to work harder.
- Ensure your fridge is set to the right temperature. You should be running it at 2.7-4.4ºC (37-40ºF) and about -15ºC (4-5ºF) for the freezer.
- Use a timer to turn off your appliances when you are not home. Appliances on standby mode account for 10-15% of your hydro bill.
- Using the oven? Plan to cook more than one dish at a time so you’re baking cookies while roasting a chicken.
- When you’re done cooking, leave the oven door open so that the heat can warm your house while the oven cools down.
- Use glass dishes in the oven whenever possible as they retain heat better than metal ones.
- Match the size of the pot to the heating element, always use a lid and turn an electric stove off about five minutes before the dish is done cooking. Electric elements retain heat for a long time, so your dish will still be cooked to perfection.
- Don’t use the heated dry setting on your dishwasher and only run this appliance during off-peak energy times.
- Switch out your light bulbs. The approximate lifespan of an LED is 23 years. It will cost you $38 to run the bulb over this time while an incandescent will cost you $201.
- Replacing your old refrigerator with an Energy Star appliance will save you money. Use the calculator here to see how much.
- Window coverings help to keep warm air in your kitchen at night. Save 13-14% when utilizing blinds and 15-17% with curtains.
- Is your stove outdated? Switching to an Energy Star appliance will save you money in the long run, but opting for a gas stove will save you even more. Gas stoves cost about $79 less to run per year than electric ones.
Use the Scotiabank Home Energy Savings Calculator to see where your energy-efficient renovations will save you the most money.
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