When it comes to the energy expenses in your home, a big percentage of them can be blamed on your kitchen. Whether it’s your fridge that runs nonstop or your overused oven, it’s no secret that large appliances are energy hogs. While you can’t turn off your fridge or say goodbye to your oven, there are some things you can do to save a decent chunk of change over the course of the year.
Choose Energy Star Appliances
If you are in the market for new kitchen appliances, always look for the Energy Star. This rating is only given to appliances that have passed strict energy efficiency requirements, and by choosing one, you can spend 15% less energy to run it versus a non-Energy-Star model.
Keep the Fridge Temperature Reasonable
Controlling the thermostat isn’t just for your HVAC system. By making sure your fridge stays between 37-40 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer stays between 0-5 degrees Fahrenheit, you can save over $20 per year.
Use Ice Cube Trays
As convenient as automatic icemakers are, they are also energy wasters. In fact, they can increase your freezer’s energy usage by up to 20%. Instead, turn off the icemaker and use old-school ice cube trays. Doing so can save you around $20 per year.
Run the Dishwasher—but Only When Full
Yes, it is more energy efficient to use your dishwasher instead of hand washing your dishes. The dishwasher uses a third of the water that hand washing does, which cuts back on how much work your hot water heater has to do. However, there is one caveat: the dishwasher needs to be full. Most dishwashers will use the same amount of water and electricity no matter how many dishes are in it.
Stop Preheating the Oven
Most foods do not actually require a preheated oven to be cooked properly (with the exception of bread or cake), so skip the preheating and save yourself about two bucks each month.
With some small tweaks, you can greatly improve the energy efficiency of your kitchen. And if you want to save even more, you may be able to choose your own energy provider. Contact North American Power today to see if you are eligible.