Easy Ways To Have a Green Kitchen

There are many every day activities in the home that consume much more energy than is needed. There are many ways to save on the amount of energy that is used such as turning off the lights when you leave a room and adjusting the thermostat a few degrees. But, there’s also lot’s of ways to conserve energy when you prepare your families meals.

Keeping a lid on your cooker or skillet will help it retain heat. Because the lid will hold the heat in, it will generate a higher temperature and the food will get done much faster. You can also turn the burner off just before the food is done, the heat trapped inside the pan will finish cooking the food.

Crock pots and toaster ovens are really convenient, energy saving appliances. You can throw everything in a crock pot and it will be done when you get home. And, a toaster oven will bake small items just as well as your stoves oven. The green advantage is that they both use less electricity and they won’t heat you kitchen up and cause the air conditioning to kick on!

Investing in a high quality set of cookware not only makes cooking easier, it will reduce the amount of electricity needed to cook your food. Thin pans don’t hold heat very well, thicker cookware might take a little longer to heat up, but they will distribute and hold heat better once they do.

Always use pots and pans that match the size of your burners whenever possible. The parts of the burner that aren’t covered by the pan just generates heat that is wasted. Oversized pots and pans will also use more energy, the heat won’t distribute evenly on the parts of the cookware that aren’t sitting on the burner.

Take full advantage of all of the heat that your oven produces. A oven will retain heat for as much as 30 minutes after you’ve turned it off. Use that heat to warm up breads, rolls or even desserts. You can also use it to keep your food warm while you wait on everything else to get done.

Don’t turn the oven on to preheat it until you’re almost ready to place the food in the oven. And, using ceramic or glass pans as opposed to metal will allow you to be able to reduce the oven temperature approximately 25* less than you normally need.

Use the microwave whenever possible, microwaves consume around 20% less energy than your stove. Instead of turning on a burner to boil some water, use the microwave. It’s a great low cost way to warm up leftovers and even cook certain foods.

Only run the dishwasher when you have a full load of dishes. Running the dishwasher half full uses just as much electricity as it does when it’s completely full. And, instead of using the dry cycle, turn the dishwasher off and open the door to air dry the dishes.

Installing your dishwasher near your refrigerator can cause your refrigerator to use more electricity! The heat and moisture that is generated from the dishwasher will cause the refrigerator to have to work harder to stay cold.

If you need a lot of items out of the refrigerator when cooking, try to get everything at one time so you don’t have to keep opening the door. And, allowing leftovers to cool down before placing them in the refrigerator will help save energy. The heat and moisture from hot foods causes the refrigerators temperature to drop.

Cleaning the coils on your refrigerator will make it run more efficiently. The condenser coils are either at the main bottom or at the back of your refrigerator and you can clean them with a vacuum or brush. Dust, dirt and lint that accumulates on the coils can increase energy usage 25% or more.

There are also ways that you can conserve water in the kitchen. Aerators can be easily attached to your faucet and will greatly reduce the amount of water that is used. Only use hot water when you really need to and never leave the water running when you’re not using it.

While you may not be able to just run out and purchase new energy saving appliances, do some research when you do need to replace one. Always check the energy ratings on appliances when you do have to buy a new one. Doing little things to conserve energy may seem like a waste of time, but it all adds up to save you money and help protect the environment.