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Easy Ways to Make Your Kitchen More Energy-Efficient

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The average modern-day household has a reasonably sizable carbon footprint. Depending on your family’s size, your home’s energy consumption is liable to be excessive – as are your power bills.   Cutting power bills is top of mind for most households as utility costs keep going up.

Do you want to know what appliances in your kitchen have the highest carbon footprint?  Including your laundry appliances, if you have an electric dryer it will be that or your fridge.

The age of your kitchen appliances and how you’re using them impacts your kitchen’s carbon footprint.

When looking for effective ways to make your home a little greener, you’d be wise to start in the kitchen.

Many of us consistently hinder energy efficiency in this area without even realising it. Anyone interested in a more energy-efficient, eco-friendly kitchen should consider the following pointers.

Keep Your Appliances Clean

There are many perks involved with keeping essential kitchen appliances clean. For starters, more spotless appliances are generally more energy-efficient. They require less power to run efficiently and can be a boon to your energy bills.

Furthermore, the less power these appliances expend, the smaller your kitchen’s carbon footprint becomes. With this in mind, make a point of regularly cleaning microwaves, ovens, refrigerators and stoves. While this may seem cumbersome, none of these chores should be particularly time-consuming if routinely performed.

If you’re unclear on how to clean certain appliances, consult the appropriate owner’s manuals or manufacturer websites.

For example, anyone curious about how to clean a range hood filter should gather all the facts before diving in. Additionally, if you employ professional housecleaners, ensure they’re well-versed in cleaning kitchen appliances.

Wait for Your Dishwasher to Fill Up

Dishwashers use a fair amount of water and expend much energy. Of course, this isn’t to say that you should avoid them. In addition to being a tremendous timesaver, a good dishwasher is practically necessary in a home with many children.

However, by running your dishwasher when it isn’t complete, you’re wasting both water and energy. Not only does this increase your carbon footprint, but it can also drain your financial resources. As such, it’s recommended that you wait until a whole load of dishes has accumulated before proceeding to run the dishwasher.

If there’s a particular dish you need to use before the dishwasher has filled up, wash it by hand.

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You can also save on energy costs by skipping your dishwasher’s dryer cycle. Instead of using this feature, allow freshly cleaned dishes to dry independently. If you have dishware or cooking utensils that need to be dried immediately, remove them from the washer and dry them by hand.

Additionally, if your budget allows, consider investing in an Energy Star dishwasher, designed to clean effectively and efficiently while using as little water and power as possible.

Stay on Top of Refrigerator Maintenance

Your refrigerator is arguably the most complex working appliance in your kitchen, if not your entire home. Since it needs to remain operational around the clock, it consumes quite a bit of power, and staying on top of fridge maintenance is a great way to limit your refrigerator’s power consumption and heighten its energy efficiency.

This entails cleaning the device’s condenser coils, adjusting its thermostat as needed, and regularly inspecting the door seal. If you lack the time, inclination or knowledge to perform these tasks, reach out to a local appliance maintenance specialist.

Be Mindful of Your Laundry Practices

Since many kitchens serve as laundry areas, innovative laundry practices can make your kitchen more energy-efficient. As with dishwashers, you should wait until a whole load of laundry has accumulated before running your washer.   

How often do you wash jeans?  Some experts say to wash them after twenty wears.  Levis says after every ten wears.

Imagine if you doubled the amount of times you wear your outer clothing – you’d reduce your washing by 100%.

Most clothes washing machines use the same amount of water regardless of load size unless you have a machine that allows you to select a half load.

Furthermore, unless you’re dealing with exceptionally stubborn stains, stick with cold water, as water heating accounts for roughly 90% of a washer’s energy use.

Another recommendation is to use a lower temperature. Wash on cold or warm whenever you can.  Towels may occasionally need a higher temperature, however.

Kitchen Energy Use Hotspot

There’s little wonder why the average kitchen is such a hotspot for power consumption. Between the plethora of appliances in most kitchens and copious water use, the kitchen significantly contributes to every household’s carbon footprint.

Fortunately, making even the most wasteful kitchen more energy-efficient doesn’t have to be a complex undertaking.

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A bit of forward-thinking and eco-consciousness can go a long way in the fight against needless waste at home. If an energy-efficient kitchen is what you’re after, everyone in your household is encouraged to use the previously discussed tips.