Arguably, the kitchen is the most wasteful room in the entire house. With the impact households are having on the environment, then factor in the growing scarcity of natural resources, the need to reduce electricity in your home has become a necessity. One place you can start cutting down wasteful electricity use is in the kitchen.
There are also numerous personal benefits to cutting down your electricity expenditure. Just by following the tips below you can increase your long-term financial savings and prolonged the lifespan of your appliance.
Be Good to Your Fridge
In order for your fridge to work properly and not consume too much energy, you need to take good care of it. This doesn’t mean just cleaning it because that goes without mentioning. Rather, you should avoid putting hot food inside of it. Not only can you mess with its functionality, but this way, you’re making your fridge work extra hard to cool down that food, thus it uses more energy.
The same rule can be applied to your freezer. Plus, you should avoid leaving the fridge and freezer doors open for a longer period of time.
Look for the Energy Star
Modern appliances are built to aid in the preservation of the environment with decreased resource expenditure. These days they come with different programmable features to help be more eco-friendly.
The first thing you should look for in new appliances is the Energy Star rating. This rating details how eco-friendly the device actually is.
Along with reduced energy consumption, appliances like the dishwasher and washing machine will also have reduced water consumption. You can tailor the cycle to your liking to help reduce both energy and water use. Investing in new appliances could end up helping you realise financial independence in the long run.
Assess Your Energy Needs
One of the biggest mistakes a homeowner inadvertently makes is not knowing exactly how much electricity they are consuming annually, or what their realistic household needs actually are. When creating a long-term plan, it’s important to carefully compare energy providers in order to assess your true energy requirements. Your energy provider should give you all the information you need to make long-term plans for your household according to your present and future expenditure.
Don’t forget to consider switching to more eco-friendly energy sources in the future in order to reduce the overall consumption. These can be anything from solar panels to solar heaters, and even investing in window and wall insulation to reduce heating expenses.
Use Your Appliances Properly
Another major culprit responsible for the sudden dent in your household budget can be found in inadequate appliance use. Running the appliance the way it was meant to operate will not only allow for greater monetary savings, but it will also prolong their lifespan.
So rather than cranking up the thermometer in the fridge, keep it at moderately high, or use the built-in intuitive programs that some modern appliances offer to auto-regulate the temperature. Likewise, you can program the dishwasher to use less water and power overall, and small changes such as refraining from using the microwave to defrost food will also prove fruitful.
Don’t Use Appliances All the Time
Some appliances, like the fridge, need to run constantly. But that cannot be said for the majority of kitchen gadgets. In fact, you can probably reduce electricity usage in half by simply using your appliances less often then you feel is necessary. That means that you don’t really need the dishwasher to run a half-empty cycle and that a dryer is basically an appliance of a wasteful past.
Instead, make sure,
- Your fridge is always fully stocked
- Run the dishwasher and the washing machine only on full loads
- Air dry your clothes instead of using the dry
- Boil the kettle once to make cuppas for the whole family (not each time an individual needs a cup)
It might not seem like much at first, but in time, you will start to notice a decrease in consumption.
It’s not easy to reduce electricity usage in a kitchen, especially when living in a family environment where the kitchen is in constant use. However, with these five effective solutions in mind, you will have an easier time creating an eco-friendly, economical kitchen for a bright and solvent future.